How VKAP Can Help Families

Vermont Kin As Parents…

  • Offers information about resources available to kinship families and makes referrals to agencies as needed.
  • Helps families understand and navigate the different systems in which they may be involved, including courts, Department of Children and Families, mental health and substance abuse agencies.
  • Collaborates with state and private agencies about specific family needs.
  • Meets with families and those supporting them to develop supports the families need.
  • Offers small respite grants to families as funding is available; partners with local Agencies on Aging who may have funds available to those 55 and older.
  • Helps communities develop kinship support groups, which can be a lifeline for relatives and the children they are raising, and holds meetings for support group leaders.
  • Offers an annual kinship conference for caregivers and those who work with them.
  • Has an annual picnic for kinship caregivers and the children they are raising.
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter, VKAP Voices, which updates families and professionals about what is happening in the state and nationally and includes kinship stories and information on resources.
  • Testifies before the Legislature on bills that affect the daily lives of families and works to pass those bills
  • Meets regularly with the DCF Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners to discuss kinship issues and ways to address them
  • 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.