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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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Two Job Openings at DCF

There are two exciting job openings with our Child Development Division (CDD)!

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.

We grieve the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Lara Sobel

The Department for Children and Families and state agencies and individuals across Vermont mourn the tragic death of Lara Sobel, the dedicated Family Services social worker who was tragically shot and killed on Friday, August 7, 2015. Our thoughts are with her husband, daughters, family, friends and co-workers as we all grieve her loss.  

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