MONTPELIER (AP) - The head of Vermont's child protection department is resigning to lead a community based nonprofit organization, in the aftermath of two infant deaths that has prompted increased scrutiny of the state's child welfare system.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says Department for Children and Families Commissioner David Yacavone will be replaced by Ken Schatz, general counsel for the Agency of Human Services.

Shumlin praised Yacacone for his commitment to keeping children safe and making sure that families have access to help and problems are addressed quickly.

A legislative committee was formed this year to examine the workings of the child welfare system after the deaths of two toddlers who had been under state supervision.

Last month Shumlin also announced the departure of Doug Racine, secretary of Human Services Agency, which includes DCF.