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Support Groups

Vermont Post Permanency Support Groups

The following Support Groups are provided by the Vermont Adoption Consortium in collaboration with Post permanence Services (From Lund, Easterseals, NFI or NKHS). Some groups are also co-sponsored by community partners or are community based support groups.  

Addison County

Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Families held the 4th Tuesday of the month. 5:30-7:00 pm.  Please contact Donna Provin for more information and for the location at (802) 343-0565 or email donnap@lundvt.org

Bennington County

3rd Thursday of the month from 7 - 9 pm at the Shaftsbury Methodist Church.  For more information contact: Jill C. Bouton at (413) 884-5589

Brattleboro

Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Parents the second Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm. Please contact Danna Bare, M Ed, for more information and for the current location (802) 258-0308

Chittenden County

Chittenden County Circle of Parents Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Families.  This group is held the LAST Tuesday of every month from 5:00-6:30pm in South Burlington.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Katherine Boise, BSW, M.Ed at Lund at (802) 864-7467.

Self-Care Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Caregivers: This group meets one Wednesday per month from 12-1:15pm at Lund (S. Burlington). It focuses on self-care activities and discussions. To get more information or to RSVP, please call Melissa Appleton at 864-7467 or e-mail Kathleeny@lundvt.org

Franklin County

1st Thursday of every month at either the Senior Center, 75 Messenger Street, or the Church on the Rock, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Dinner and childcare provided at no cost.  Please contact Nina Hill (802) 495-6187 or Monica Darrah (802) 495-6535 to RSVP or for more information.

Morrisville

Please contact Pam Montgomery, easterseals of Vermont, (802) 595-5046 for information

St Johnsbury

The Northeast Kingdom Foster and Adoptive Community meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Union Baptist Church in Waterford.  Please contact Barb Hash for more information (802) 473-6108

Upper Valley

Kinship Care Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 12:00-1:30 pm, 2458 Christian Street, Wilder, VT (next to Dothan Brook School on Route 5).  For more information contact: Judith Bush, ACSW (802) 356-9393 x 2 or jbush@together.net

 

Other support groups of interest:

Burlington

A Transracial Playgroup was started up in the Burlington area in August.  Please contact Jordy Baker for more information jordybaker@me.com.

Montpelier

Families of Color, open to all families. Play, eat and discuss issues of adoption, race and multiculturalism. Bring snacks and games to share, and dress for the weather. Third Sundays, 3–5 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier.

Alyson, 439-6096 or alyson.mahony@gmail.com

For other kinship support groups you can also check out the Vermont Kin as Parents website !