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The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF)

Some 200,000 Vermonters (nearly one third of our population) rely on DCF for some type of assistance. The goal of this website is to help you find programs, services, and resources — quickly and easily.

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September Declared Kinship Care Month

On September 30, 2015, the United States Senate agreed to a resolution designating September as National Kinship Care Month.

New Statewide Phone Line Supports Families With Young Children

A new statewide phone line to support families with young children was announced today by the United Ways of Vermont. Parents and caregivers can now dial 2-1-1 to be connected with trained Help Me Grow child development specialists who can answer questions about children’s behavior and development and connect families to resources and services in their community.

Message from DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz

Dear Fellow Vermonters, 

Our state is grieving the tragic and untimely death of Lara Sobel, a wife, mother, friend, neighbor, and social worker at the Department for Children and Families. Our hearts go out to the entire Sobel-Faryniarz family as they grieve this devastating loss. Words cannot express the depth of sorrow we feel for Lara’s husband, daughters, and entire family.