To protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse, neglect, exploitation and prevent family violence and disruption, by supporting family preservation and community living.


Step 1:  Contact the Department to discuss foster parenting.

Step 2:  Potential parents must submit to the department for a Foster Care and Adoption Assessment.  This includes:

  • Completing the department Foster Care and Adoption Intake Application form
  • Submitting to a child abuse and criminal background check
  • Providing a medical report and police certificate
  • Participating in a home inspection
  • Participating in a home study to review readiness for fostering
  • Participating in mandatory foster care training

Step 3:  The completed documents are submitted to the Intake Officer.

Step 4:  A file is created and forwarded to the Case Manager and placed on the department's waiting list.

Step 5:  If an emergency arises, contact will be made with persons on the list to ascertain their readiness.

Additional Notes

Emergency situations will be dealt with within a 24 hour time frame.

Department Contact Information

Social Development

P.O. Box 3126
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Operates on a 24 hour basis

Email Address:

Main Office 
Telephone: 1(284) 468-3650
Emergency Number: 1(284) 468-9371
Fax: 1(284) 468-3695

Virgin Gorda Office
Telephone: 1(284) 468-6524
Emergency Number:1(284) 468-9373