Vermont Kin As Parents can be a resource for community partners from social services agencies, the courts, and others who work with kinship families.
How VKAP Can Help
Vermont Kin As Parents…
- Consults with community partners about individual families and their needs.
- Sponsors an annual kinship conference, Parenting Revisited, that includes a keynote speaker, the voice of kinship caregivers and children, workshops and more.
- Offers workshops on kinship care at conferences, trainings, and staff meetings for court personnel, social service agencies, and others.
- Is an active member on many state and local committees, bringing the voice of kinship families to influence policy and practice.
- Participates in television, radio, and newspaper interviews to inform the public about kinship care.
- Through testimony and meetings, educates legislators and other policy makers about the needs and challenges of kin families.
- Meets regularly with the DCF Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners to discuss kinship issues and ways to address them.
- Maintains strong connections with national organizations and attends national conferences bringing back information that is shared at the local and state level.
- Through national and state connections, is aware of changing legislation impacting kinship families, offers the kin perspective whenever possible, and informs caregivers of the changes.
There have been recent legislative changes that impact relatives, particularly where the parents and children are involved with DCF Family Services. Click here to view a chart that outlines the differences in the supports available to kinship families depending on legal standing.
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