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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Acting AHS Secretary Chen & DCF Commissioner Schatz Present Report on Actions to Strengthen DCF to Governor Shumlin

Acting Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS) Harry Chen and Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Ken Schatz today presented to Gov. Peter Shumlin a report laying out both actions already taken and further recommended steps to strengthen DCF.  In response to the tragic deaths of two young Vermonters, Gov. Shumlin charged the AHS Secretary with reviewing DCF’s structure and operations and making recommendations to improve the Commissioner’s ability to focus on protecting children and supporting families.

Vermont’s Leadership on Opioid Abuse Takes Center Stage at New England Rural Health Conference

Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary Harry Chen, MD, will be the keynote speaker at the New England Rural Health Conference to be held October 1-3 at the Westford Regency Hotel in Westford, MA.

Governor Shumlin Announces Resignation of DCF Commissioner Yacovone

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today the resignation of Dave Yacovone, Commissioner for the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Commissioner Yacovone, who will assume a leadership position with a community based non-profit organization in the near future, will be succeeded by Ken Schatz, General Counsel for the Agency of Human Services. Schatz has an extensive background in handling issues linked to DCF.

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