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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Commissioner Yacovone Testifies Before Legislative Panel on Child Protection

July 23, 2014 -- Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak to you about the lessons learned from the tragic losses of Dezirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw. I am determined that Dezirae and Peighton’s shared legacy will be the lasting improvements in how we keep kids safe, both at the Department for Children and Families and within the broader community context.

DCF’s Economic Services Division Helps Vermonters Maintain Their Food Benefits

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) aimed to cut $9 billion in federal SNAP benefits, called 3SquaresVT in Vermont, by changing a provision in the bill that connects food benefits to federal Fuel Assistance. The change in the Heat & Eat provision requires households to get over $20 a year in fuel benefits in order to get the maximum allowance for utility expenses when calculating their monthly food benefits. Because monthly benefits are based on net household income, a higher allowable deduction means a higher monthly benefit.

AHS Secretary Racine & DCF Commissioner Yacovone Announce Several Steps to Improve Child Safety

Under the direction of Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agency of Human Services (AHS) Secretary Doug Racine and Department for Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Dave Yacovone today announced significant changes being taken in the wake of the tragic deaths of Dezirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw to ensure DCF is better able to protect children and support families. One critical change is a shift in leadership at the DCF Rutland office, with an experienced field services director returning to the office on an interim basis with full authority over its operation.

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