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Vermont State Information

In Vermont, approximately over 5,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, nearly 2,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Vermont Department of Children & Families’ Economic Services Division provides kinship care families with financial support through their “Reach Up” program. The program is designed to provide eligible children and kinship care families’ financial assistance. Financial assistance is based on the specific circumstances of both the family and the child, and is subject to eligibility requirements. Vermont Kin as Parent is one of the many nonprofit organizations in Vermont that work with the state to provide support and services to kinship care families. Vermont Kin as Parent is the leading advocacy organization for kinship care in the state, and is a great resource for kinship care families.

Vermont offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 5,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Nearly 2,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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