Vermont post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in Vermont. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption/guardianship support services

In Vermont, adoptive families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Referral to services
  • Training/other development
  • Birth family mediation
  • Peer support for parents
  • Educational support

The following services may be available as part of an adoption/guardianship subsidy agreement based on the needs of the individual child:

  • Financial/material support
  • Camps, retreats, or other events
  • Respite care

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system 
  • Families who have adopted from another state’s foster care system
  • Families who have adopted internationally or privately
  • Families who have guardianship of a child from foster care
  • Families who have obtained guardianship of a child privately

Who provides these services?

The Vermont Department of Children and Families contracts with multiple private agencies to offer post-permanency support services across the state. For more detailed information about the post-adoption and guardianship support available to families or to locate and contact your post-permanency support provider, visit the Vermont Consortium for Adoption and Guardianship website.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

The Vermont Consortium for Adoption and Guardianship also offers detailed information on the support groups available as part of the state’s post-adoption and guardianship support program.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Adoption Advocates, Inc.
Location: Shelburne

Grandparents as Parents
Location: Burlington

Location: South Burlington

Location: Lyndonville

Wide Horizons
Location: Waltha