About the Department

The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) provides a wide array of programs and services, including adoption & foster care, child care, child development, child protection, child support, disability determination, and economic benefits such as 3SquaresVT, fuel assistance, and Reach Up.

Our Mission

To foster the healthy development, safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency of Vermonters.

We are passionate about prevention and will: 

  • Reduce poverty and homelessness;
  • Improve the safety and well-being of children and families;
  • Create permanent connections for children and youth; and
  • Provide timely and accurate financial supports for children, individuals, and families.

Our Vision

Vermont is a place where:

  • People prosper;
  • Children and families are safe and have strong, loving connections; and
  • Individuals have the opportunity to fully develop their potential.

Our Commitments

  • To be exceptional collaborators with schools, community partners, businesses, service providers, the justice system, and most of all, those we serve.
  • To be open, responsive, and fair in our decision making.
  • To develop highly trained and motivated staff.
  • To embrace the four key practices of the Agency of Human Services:
    • Customer Service;
    • Holistic Service;
    • Strength-Based Service; and
    • Results-Oriented Service.