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. 


Larry Lewack
The VKAP Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Larry Lewack as VKAP’s new Executive Director. Larry brings 18 years’ experience as a program manager and direct service provider in the nonprofit human services in Vermont, working for several groups including the Kidsafe Collaborative, NAMI-Vermont and the Brain Injury Assoc. of VT. He earned his M.A. in Nonprofit Management at Union Institute & University in 2004, and served as a member of the Opportunities Credit Union Board from 2011-2016.

Larry has also worked as a nonprofit consultant locally & nationally, helping nonprofits raise more money, build their infrastructure, and plan for the future. He will work to help VKAP increase its visibility, impact and effectiveness in supporting Vermont kinship care providers.

He has two adult children and lives in Burlington with his wife Peggy MacDonald, daughter Ruby and two cats. Active interests include fitness swimming, bicycling, sailing, hiking, camping, skiing, volunteering and performing in a community band, Sambatucada.

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