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. 

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

Nominate a professional or caregiver for the Marge Wood Award!

Every year during the Vermont Kin as Parents annual conference we present two awards, one honoring a caregiver and one honoring a professional who have gone above and beyond for children/youth in kinship care.  Marge Wood was an amazing professional who saw a need for kinship support and helped facilitate the first kinship support group in Vermont.  She provided insight and guidance to every family she met.  We have named this award in her honor!

The awardees will be honored at the Vermont Kin as Parents Conference on September 10, 2019 at the Delta Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont.  We ask the nominator to be present (or have a proxy) to read their nomination and present the award.

Nomination forms need to be returned to Heather A Simmons by August 16, 2019 at heathers@lundvt.org.

VKAP Kinship Navigator Program Franklin/Grand Isle Counties

Do you work with Kinship Caregivers (relatives raising children)who find it challenging to arrange childcare or who are working with schools that have changed so much?
Are they feeling alone and could use an empathetic ear?
Are they struggling financially caring for the children?
We are here to help you and them navigate the issues kinship families often face!

What we can do:

Educate Kinship Caregivers about resources and supports.
Directly refer Kinship Caregivers to appropriate services.
Help establish and maintain relationships between Kinship Caregivers and their formal supports.
Advocate for services and resources for Kinship Caregivers.
Bring the voice of Kinship Care Families to community collaborative meetings.

For more information contact:

Melanie Steeneck, Kinship Navigator