Council seeks public input on Vermont DCF improvements


MONTPELIER -- A committee tasked with addressing poverty seeks feedback about how the state can improve services delivered by the Department for Children and Families.

The 30-member Pathways from Poverty council, created by Gov. Peter Shumlin, seeks feedback in three ways:

1. Attend a public hearing:

  • 6 p.m. Aug. 28

  • 2 p.m. Sept. 5.

    Members of the public can attend at any of the 13 Vermont Interactive Television sites around the state. More info: or call 802-728-1455.

    2. Mail your comments by Sept. 30 to:

    Agency of Human Services

    Secretary Doug Racine

    208 Hurricane Lane, Suite 103

    Williston, VT 05495

    3. Complete an online survey:

    The council suggests these questions:

    1. How can DCF better serve Vermont families with children?

    2. How can AHS and DCF avoid duplication of administrative functions and fragmentation of services for individuals and families?

    3. Do AHS and DCF have the resources needed to be most effective? Are existing resources allocated properly? How could resources be better employed?

    4. What is the most efficient use of state resources in serving families? For example, should divisions and/or functions be separate or integrated? How can communication within DCF be improved to better serve families?

    5. How can DCF build stronger relationships between the families it serves and staff working with those families? For example, should enforcement capability be separated from day-to-day case management (that is, should sanction or removal powers be exercised by different people within the department)? Would that help or hinder the department?

    6. Are there particular laws, rules, or policies that should be changed to improve outcomes for families? If so, what are they?

    7. What is the agency or department doing well; are there existing areas of success the agency can and should build on?


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