DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz

Ken Schatz began his appointment as Commissioner of the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) on September 8, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as General Counsel for the Agency of Human Services - a position he held since 2012. 

Before that, he worked as:

  • City Attorney for the City of Burlington;
  • Juvenile Defender for the Defender General;
  • Staff attorney for the Mental Health Law Project;
  • Staff attorney for the Vermont Developmental Disability Law Project; and
  • Legal advocate for the Bread and Law Task Force.

A staunch advocate for children, youth, and families, he has been a member of the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs since 1993 and is also a member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1977 with a B.S. in social work and later went on to receive his law degree from Cornell Law School.  

Message from the Commissioner

I come to this position with great optimism for the future and passion for the incredible work of this department and the opportunities ahead of us.  

While my eyes are wide open to the difficult challenges we face both as a department and agency, I also know that times of great difficulty also provide great opportunity - for insight, growth, and change. 

I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, partners, advocates, families, and community members to build on the work already done to make sure our:

  • Children and youth are safe, healthy, and law abiding;
  • Families are supported and strengthened; and
  • Vulnerable populations have their basic needs met.

I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Vermonters.

Ken Schatz, DCF Commissioner