DCFS Services
  • Programs
    • Service:Arkansas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)
      About:The Arkansas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) offers funds to foster youth and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for four years as they pursue higher education. The funds may be used for tuition, books or qualified living expenses. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students out of the Arkansas foster care system.
      Contact:Call 501-682-2447 | Email
      Website:Arkansas Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)
    • Service:Child Abuse Prevention
      About:Helpful information and resources to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
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      Website:Child Abuse Prevention
    • Service:Family Treatment Programs
      About:Specialized treatment for parents and caregivers of sexually abused children is needed by the Division of Children and Family Services. This program will target non-offending adults who have no payment source for needed services. Referrals will come mainly from Pulaski County but all of Arkansas is eligible if the participant is willing to travel. Participants will receive an assessment, an initial diagnostic interview, a psychiatric review of records, individual and group psychotherapy.
      Contact:Call 501-682-9049
    • Service:Human Services Workers in the School Initiative
      About:A collaborative between DCFS and locate school districts, which places caseworkers in the schools to help children and families. The objective of the initiative is (1) promoting safety and strengthening of our future, our children, (2) supporting the communitys capacity to produce children who are healthy families, and children who succeed in school; and (3) promoting the Divisions family preservation philosophy.
      Contact:Call 501-682-9049
    • Service:Independent Living Grant Program
      About:The Independent Living Grant Program works with foster teens to teach them basic life skills as they transition to adulthood. The Program is educationally oriented and encourages youth to remain in school until graduation from high school and will then assist them with their post-secondary educational needs and training.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8439
  • Services
    • Service:Adoption Services
      About:DCFS helps by providing a full range of adoption services, from finding families to adopt, to keeping a voluntary adoption registry. Services are also available to birth parents who chose to place their newborns for adoption.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8462 or 1-888-736-2820
      Website:Adoption Services
    • Service:Adoptive or Foster Parent Inquiry
      About:Are you interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent? Fill out this quick online form to begin the process and see if you qualify to help a child in need.
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      Website:Adoptive or Foster Parent Inquiry
    • Service:Arkansas Adoption Registry
      About:Each licensed adoption agency in Arkansas is allowed by law to establish an adoption registry. Qualified persons may register to be identified to each other or to receive non-identifying information about the genetic, health and social history of adoptees placed by their agency.
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      Website:Arkansas Adoption Registry
    • Service:Arkansas Child and Family Service Review | More Information
      About:The Department of Health and Human Services introduced child welfare regulations to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children awaiting adoption. States are assessed for compliance with Federal requirements for child protective services, foster care, adoption and family preservation and support services under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act.
      Contact:Call 501-682-6812
    • Service:Arkansas Heart Gallery
      About:Photographs and general descriptions of children who are waiting for an adoptive family are profiled in this website. Qualified Adoptive homes are needed for children of all nationalities, sibling groups and children with special needs to include children with emotional, mental or medical needs.
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      Website:Arkansas Heart Gallery
    • Service:Arkansas System of Care
      About:Arkansas System of Care (AR SOC) is a collaborative network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with moderate to severe mental health needs and their families. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations so services and supports are effective, build on the strengths of individuals, and address each person’s cultural and linguistic needs. A system of care helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, and in the community.
      Contact:Call 501-683-6972 | Email
      Website:Arkansas System of Care
    • Service:Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting | More Information
      About:Anyone who suspects child maltreatment may report. Some people (for example, doctors, teachers and school counselors) must, by law, report suspected child maltreatment. Learn how.
      Contact:Call 1-800-482-5964
    • Service:Child Protective Services | More Information
      About:The Child Protective Services Unit currently has approximately 115 contracts throughout the state of Arkansas are community based and designed to increase the strength and stability of families. Services are referred by DCFS caseworkers and often court-ordered by juvenile judges as part of a case plan. Currently, there are several services/programs being offered by the Child Protection Unit and these include counseling, in-home support, language interpreters, parenting education/support services, supervised visitation, support groups, in-home parenting services.
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    • Service:Child Welfare Client Advocates
      About:Client Advocates assist the general public with information about services and programs, inquiries about general policies of the DCFS and assists others who need information about current services.
      Contact:Call 501-683-2735
    • Service:Child Welfare Community Services
      About:Community Services section is responsible for the direct and purchased service delivery of child welfare services throughout the state.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8432
    • Service:Child Welfare Policy Management
      About:The Policy Unit has the responsibility for developing, revising, promulgating and distributing division policies, procedures, publications, and forms. Various Federal and State Laws govern DCFS, and this unit is responsible for monitoring, updating and developing policy rules and regulations to maintain compliance with these laws.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8541
    • Service:Child Welfare Program Planning
      About:The Planning Unit’s mission is to engage in comprehensive, broad-based program planning with a goal of improvement of child and family services in the Division. Program planning includes two phases. Pre-implementation planning includes program assessment, design and development refers to all activities undertaken prior to the initiation of actual service program. It lays the foundation and groundwork for implementation of the plan. Operational planning refers to those planning efforts conducted once a service or program is implemented and includes collecting information for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
      Contact:Call 501-682-6812
    • Service:Child Welfare Quality Assurance
      About:The purpose of the Quality Assurance Unit is to maintain a system of quality assurance, through the use of both qualitative and quantitative measures, which will facilitate the organizational commitment to continuous quality improvement through review and evaluation of the quality of child welfare practice on the part of both DCFS direct services staff and contracted service providers.
      Contact:Call 501-683-4322
    • Service:Children's Reporting and Information System (CHRIS)
      About:Children's Reporting and Information System (CHRIS) was developed to meet the needs of our family service workers. The system reduces paperwork, provides tools to track the children and families to assures that information being collected is correct.
      Contact:Call 501-320-6503
    • Service:Citizens Review Panel
      About:The Panel assures that requirements of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) are incorporated into state law. The 1996 amendment to CAPTA requires states to develop and establish Citizens Review Panels in order to evaluate child protective services. Membership consists of legal, child advocacy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), parent/foster parent, and health/mental health. DCFS cannot comprise a majority on panel.
      Contact:Call 501-682-2447
    • Service:Family Resource Centers
      About:Provide support services to DCFS clients and other families. This support consists of job skill training, housing location, resource referral, and seminars related to improving life in the community. Family Resource Centers exist in areas that lack adequate economic and social resource. The families in the community have a strong impact on the resources that are available for them.
      Contact:Call 501-682-2447
    • Service:Fatherhood Initiative
      About:To provide services to fathers designed to increase their parenting skills; increase their interaction and involvement with their children; improve attitudes or feelings toward their children; improve or build a relationship with the biological mother and/or primary caretaker; reduce alcohol and drug abuse; and, increase education and employment.
      Contact:Call 501-682-2447
    • Service:Foster Care Services
      About:Our mission is to ensure the safety and well being of all children in our care by providing accurate, consistent, and current information, technical assistance, research and support. All interactions should be courteous, respectful and professional.
      Contact:Call 501-682-6812
      Website:Foster Care Services
    • Service:Foster Family Services
      About:Overview of foster care in Arkansas. Includes policy and procedures that may affect foster parents, news that may impact foster families. Links to other sites that will be helpful for foster parents to access, and the calendar of events will list upcoming dates of conferences, etc.
      Contact:Call 501-682-1569
      Website:Foster Family Services
    • Service:Foster Parent Ombudsman
      About:The Foster Parent Ombudsman serves as an advocate for foster parents and acts as a liaison between the DCFS staff and the foster parents. The Ombudsman helps answer questions, provides training and assistance, and works to help resolve complaints or problems the foster parents might be having with the Division.
      Contact:Call 501-683-2735
    • Service:Interstate Compact Placement of Children
      About:The Interstate Compact Placement of Children (ICPC) Unit assist in moving children in need of foster care placement or adoption across state lines. When a child requires foster care or adoptive placement outside the resident state, DCFS shall use the ICPC process.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8556
    • Service:Maltreatment Investigation Report Registry
      About:The Central Registry Unit maintains a statewide registry for the collection of child maltreatment investigation reports. Reports made to the Department are confidential and information included in the automated data system shall be retained to assist the department in assessing future risk and safety
      Contact:Call 501-682-0405
    • Service:Parenting Education
      About:Mixture of didactic, discussion, and experimental methods to teach participants anger control, behavior management, child development, and self-esteem. Groups run for 6-8 weeks.
      Contact:Call 501-682-9049
    • Service:Professional Development Services
      About:The purpose of the Professional Development Unit is to coordinate and monitor the title IV-E training contracts with the University Partnership and the MSW Educational Leave / Child Welfare Stipend programs. The unit also provides title IV-E fiscal support for DCFS staff attending training events
      Contact:Call 501-683-2041
    • Service:Specialized Placement Services for Children in Foster Care
      About:The Specialized Placement Unit provides technical and financial assistance to local county offices requiring help in locating and/or finding placements for children with emotional and/or behavioral problems. The Division provides these services through contracts with private providers or medical providers.
      Contact:Call 501-682-8433