In today’s world many grandparents and other relatives are stepping up to raise the children when the parents are unable to because of substance abuse, physical or mental health issues, incarceration, military deployment, or other reasons.

Our Mission

Vermont Kin as Parents is committed to support relatives who are raising children and to educate the public and community partners about the joys and difficulties these families experience. 


The 13th Annual VKAP Conference for Kinship caregivers and those who support them.

Parenting Revisited: Understanding Trauma with Hope and Resilience.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Joelle van Lent

September 13, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.

2017 Conference Brochure

Register Online

February 17, 2017 – Letter from Evelyn Sawyer

The Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP) regretfully announces the departure of our Executive Director, Larry Lewack.

We appreciate the work Larry has done for the organization, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

The VKAP staff and board are continuing to work with the Kinship Navigator Program, the annual VKAP conference, and several other ongoing projects, as well as providing information and support on our “warm line” to grandfamilies and those who support them.

There are many aspects of the upcoming annual conference that we could use volunteer support with.

If you would like to learn more or join our efforts, please contact board member Deidra Razzaque at
Deidra.razzaque@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7697 ext. 304 Or Brenda Hamlin at Brenda.kin@comcast.net (802) 871-5104.

As always, we appreciate the celebrate the amazing work you are doing as kin caregivers, professionals and community members working to improve the lives of Vermont’s children and youth.

If there are ways that VKAP can support your endeavor, please contact us.

Thank you,
Evelyn Sawyer

Vermont Kin As Parents was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2005.