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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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Lower Fuel Costs Help Maintain Buying Power of Fuel Assistance Benefits for Vermont Households

AHS Secretary Hal Cohen and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz announced today that Vermont has been awarded approximately $18.4 million in federal funds for this year’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also known as Seasonal Fuel Assistance.  These funds will help about 24,700 low-income Vermont households to heat their homes this winter by paying a portion of their home heating bills.

Record Number of Adoptions Will Take Place on National Adoption Day 2015

In celebration of National Adoption Day, Lund — in partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) — will finalize a record number of adoptions on one single day in Vermont.  A total of 36 adoptions will take place at four Vermont courthouses on Friday, November 20, 2015.   

Maximizing the Potential for Healthy Youth Development

The Department for Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs, is sponsoring trainings across the state for professionals who work with young people. Youth Thrive™ is a science-based training that combines the latest research on adolescent brain development, trauma, resilience, and the importance of social connections into one framework to promote young people’s well-being and healthy development.