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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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Family Fun Night for Local Foster & Kinship Foster Families

May is National Foster Care month in Vermont. To honor the dedicated foster and kinship foster families in our community, the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families joined with the Lyndon Institute’s dorm council to co-host the first annual Foster Family Fun Night. Held on Friday May 15, 2015, the fun-filled evening included a cookout, soccer and volleyball games, and laser tag. 

3SquaresVT Payment Error Rate Greatly Improves

Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Ken Schatz reported today that Vermont’s payment error rate for 3SquaresVT - a federally-funded program that provides food assistance to about 87,000 Vermonters - was well below the required standard in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014. In FFY 2013, our payment error rate stood at 9.66%. This rate dropped to 2.58% in FFY 2014, ranking Vermont top in the nation for most-improved rate. The current state-reported payment error rate for the first four months of FFY 2015 is under 1%.

May Is National Foster Care Month in Vermont: Foster Families Urgently Needed, Find Out How You Can Help!

On May 7, 2015, foster, kinship, and adoptive families from around the state gathered at the State capitol to witness Governor Shumlin sign a proclamation declaring May as Foster Care Month in Vermont. They were joined by Agency of Human Services (AHS) Secretary Hal Cohen and Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Ken Schatz.