Kinship support groups can be a lifeline for relatives who are raising or potentially raising the children of relatives. Resource information, friendship, emotional support, and understanding help kinship caregivers when they meet together. Often the support groups, which typically are not formal therapy groups, also offer childcare. This makes it easier for relatives to attend and also allow the children to connect with each other.
Kinship support groups in Vermont:
Grandparents as Parents, Milton
When: First Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: the New Life Christian Fellowship Church, 38 Centre Dr., Milton, VT Childcare provided; Contact: for more information call John Smith at (802) 893-3838.
Grandparents Raising Their Children’s Children Support Groups, Washington County
When & Where:
- First and third Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Barre Presbyterian Church. (No childcare at this meeting.)
- Second Thursday of the month in Montpelier at the Resurrection Baptist Church on Elm Street.
- Fourth Thursday of the month in Montpelier Resurrection Baptist Church on Elm Street.
Contact: For more information contact Evelyn Sawyer at (802) 476-1480 ext. 377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingdom Kinship Support Group, St. Johnsbury
When: First and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meal and childcare provided. Also monthly Family Events.
Where: Northeast Kingdom Human Services, 2225 Portland St., St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: For more information contact Scott Fournier (802) 748-0215 ext. 1176
Addison County K.I.N.
When: Meets weekly.
Contact: For more information, including days, time, location and child care availability, contact Sandi Yandow at (802) 578-9518 or (802) 759-2263 or email@example.com, KinKan@gmail.com
Contact: For more information contact Linda at (802) 864-5114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Orange County Kinship Care Support Group
When: Second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30p.m. Childcare and supper provided.
Contact: For more information call MaryEllen Otis at (802)685-2264 or email email@example.com
Time & A Place: Family fun & Potluck for Adpotive, Kinship & Fostering Families, Bellows Falls
When: Third Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30p.m. Please bring a dish to share.
Where: Parks Place, 44 School Street Bellows Falls.
Contact: For more information contact Deb Witkus at (802) 463-9927 ext. 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinship Support Group, St. Albans
When: First Tuesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Senior Center, 75 Messenger St., St. Albans, VT
Contact: For more information contact Nina Kempf-Miller or Monica Darrah at (802) 524-1700 or Patricia Hendee at (802) 498-0607. Walk-ins are welcome.
Grand-Parenting, St. Albans
When: 3rd Friday of every month from 9:00am – 11:00a.m. Sponsored by Northwestern Counseling & Support Services. Attendance is free!
Where: The St. Albans Family Center located at 130 Fisher Pond Road.
Contact: To sign up or for more information, please contact Jessica Dewes at (802) 363-1924 or Liz Hamel at (802) 782-2389
Grand Parenting St. Albans Note: the November date has been changed to the 13th (rather than the 20th).
Circle of Parents, So. Burlington
When: Meets the last Tuesday of every month 5:00-6:30p.m. Dinner and childcare are provided.
Where: 50 Joy Drive., So. Burlington. VT
Contact: RSVP to Anna Mumford or Katherine Boise (802) 864-7467
Upper Valley Kinship Care Support Group, Wilder , VT
When: Meeting Monthly: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where: 2458 Christian Street, Wilder, VT (next to Dothan Brook School on Route 5)
Facilitated by: Judith Bush, Julia Healy and Ann Wheeler