Support Groups

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.

Grandparent Caregiver Connections – South Burlington

This group brings grandparent caregivers together to increase specialized skills, enhance existing supports, and focus on self-care while building connection with one another as they raise their adolescent grandchildren.
When: Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Centerpoint South Burlington. 1025 Airport Drive. South Burlington, VT 05403
Contact: 802-488-7711 or email
To learn more about this group or any of Centerpoint’s SAMH counseling and support services, please contact Centerpoint Substance Abuse & Mental Health Director, Danielle Jatlow, LICSW, LADC at 802-488-7727 or

Kinship Care! – St. Johnsbury

When: First Monday of the month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Light Supper provided. Sitter compensation available. Please RSVP so we have enough hand-outs and food.
Where: Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging’s meeting room, 481 Summer Street (corner of Winter), St. Johnsbury, VT
Contact: Call the NEK Council on Aging at 802-748-5182 or email: and put “Kinship Care” in the subject line.

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,

Burlington K.I.N.

Contact: For more information contact Linda at (802) 864-5114 or

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

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

Adoption Support Group with Kinship and Non-Kinship Families , St. Albans

When: First Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 7:30
Where: Senior Center, 75 Messenger St., St. Albans, VT
Contact: For more information contact Nina Hill or Monica Darrah at 524-1700 or (802) 495 – 6187. 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

Click here to view more information on the Upper Vally Kinship Care Support Group.

Orleans County Kin

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month 5:30-7:30 P.M.
A light meal w/dessert is provided.
Where: North Country Career Center; 209 Veterans Ave.,  Newport  VT
Contact: Sandi Yandow (802) 578-9518