DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone

Dave Yacovone began his appointment as Commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) on January 6, 2011.

Dave began his lifelong career in health and human services in 1976. First, as a vocational counselor for economically disadvantaged Vermonters.  Then, as a nursing home administrator for 16 years and at the Agency of Human Services for 12 years, including as Chief Operating Officer of AHS; Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; and Director of Field Services in the Morrisville district office.

Dave also:

  • Served two terms in the Vermont Legislature where he was recognized  for his outstanding work on behalf of seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Served as Chair of the Public Oversight Commission under Governors Dean and Douglas; and
  • Worked as Director of Government Affairs for the Vermont Hospital Association before being appointed as DCF Commissioner by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Message from the Commissioner

No matter what part of Vermont we call home, our communities are alive with daily acts of kindness. Sometimes, it’s simply neighbors helping neighbors. Other times, more formal supports are needed. That’s where the Department for Children and Families comes in.

Some 200,000 Vermonters — nearly one third of our population — rely on this department for some type of assistance. We help parents get and make their child support payments and find quality childcare. We help individuals and families pay for basic necessities like food, fuel, health care, and temporary housing. And when circumstances are especially difficult, we may provide more extensive supports such as child protection and out-of-home care. 

Whatever the need, we are Vermonters helping Vermonters. Today, as always, our focus is on fostering self-sufficiency, reducing the number of children living in poverty, building strong families, and developing solid local partnerships.

Dave Yacovone, DCF Commissioner