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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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Vermont’s 2014 Child Protection Report Released Today

Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Ken Schatz released the department’s annual report on child abuse and neglect in Vermont today. The data shows that many Vermont families are struggling, substance abuse continues to be a serious issue, young children are entering DCF custody in record numbers, and caseloads continue to rise.

OEO Awards Housing & Opportunity Grants to 40 Non-Profits in Vermont

The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) — part of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) — announced today that more than $4.6 million in federal and state funding was awarded to 40 non-profits across Vermont through the Housing & Opportunity Grant Program.

Working Together for a Stronger Child Protection System

Last year, we mourned the loss of Dezirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw. These children died, allegedly at the hands of their caregivers, after time spent in the custody of the Department for Children and Families. These losses shook our communities and those of us charged with protecting Vermont's children.