You have the right to appeal decisions from the Department for Children and Families (DCF) about your benefits. You can tell a DCF worker that you disagree or you can write a handwritten or printed letter. Write the date on the letter and make a copy for yourself.
Mail your appeal letter to DCF or bring it to your local DCF district office.
You can call also 1-800-479-6151 and ask to speak to the DCF Ombudsman (#4) about your disagreement and request an appeal. Sometimes the DCF Ombudsman can resolve the issue.
After you give DCF your appeal letter, you will receive notice about a fair hearing from the Human Service Board.
Find out more about fair hearings here.
You have 90 days from when DCF makes a decision to appeal. If you want to keep your benefits while you appeal, you must appeal before your benefits change. If you receive a notice decreasing your benefits at the end of the month, you must file your appeal or call DCF before the end of the month to keep your benefits.
Did DCF cut your benefits or sanction you? Do you have a fair hearing? Contact us for help. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont. You can also call us at 1-800-889-2047.