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Child Welfare Training Partnership

Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership

Training for families providing kinship and foster care, and families formed through adoption

The Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP) offers learning opportunities for Vermont parents providing kinship and  foster care, and parents who have adopted around the state in collaboration with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF), Family Services Division, the Vermont Consortium for Adoption and Guardianship, Vermont Kin As Parents (VKAP), the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association (VFAFA), and other community partners.

Foundations for Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families

In Vermont, when children are in DCF custody, all caregivers, including kin, are licensed as foster parents. Completion of the Foundations training for Kinship and Foster care, and Families formed through adoption is required within the first year of becoming a foster parent, preferably before a child is placed in the home. This 24-25.5 hour training is offered in the 12 DCF districts around the state.

Currently the Foundations for Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families consist of two parts:

  •  Foundations Part 1: Kinship Care is a series of five state-wide teleconference or one day classroom sessions designed to address the initial needs of kin, and to provide support to these caregivers.
  •  Foundations Part 1: Foster Care is a series of four state-wide teleconference or one day classroom sessions designed to address the specific needs of foster parents.
  •  Foundations Part 2: This series of six sessions brings kin and foster parents together. Offerings are designed to educate caregivers on topics that impact them, and to provide support and resources.

 Fostering to Forever

This course is designed to assist all pre-adoptive parents and permanent guardians in meeting the diverse needs of their children as they transition into their permanent homes and is offered regularly in each DCF district. This class is REQUIRED of any person who is adopting through the state of Vermont foster care system. For more information, please contact the CWTP Training Coordinator for your district listed on the next page.

Advanced Trainings and other Resources:

Advanced Training classes are offered throughout the state, on a variety of topics, based on community input. We work collaboratively with Family Services Resource Coordinators to respond to the needs of their local resource families. Additionally we offer training for local kin/foster parent associations, as well as the VFAFA and VKAP annual conferences. CWTP also works closely with the Vermont Adoption Consortium and other agencies on a variety of training opportunities.

RPC+ (Resource Parent Curriculum) is a trauma-intensive workshop about the impact of trauma on the development, emotions and behaviors of children. ?It also provides practical interventions for improving relationships and decreasing challenging behaviors.? This curriculum is initially being offered in three pilot districts, Bennington, Middlebury and St. Albans, with a plan for being offered throughout the state.

Voices at the Table is a resource blog for kinship, foster and adoptive families in Vermont


Further Information:

Please visit our website to learn more about our work. Also feel free to contact one of our Training Staff listed below for further information on any of our courses and services.

 To find out more about caring for children in state custody please contact the Resource Coordinator at your local Family Services Division office


Training staff for Kinship and Foster Care and Families formed through adoption: 

Team Lead:

Jennifer Jorgenson, MSW, LICSW


(802) 656-3354

St Johnsbury, Newport


Training Coordinators:

Amy Bielawski-Branch, MS, LCMHC


(802) 578-0426

St. Albans and RPC+

Caleb Kiernan, MS


(802) 246-7835

Barre, Hartford, Morrisville, Springfield

Sharon O’Neill, MA, ATR


(802) 656-3359

Burlington, Middlebury, all Foundations Part 1: Foster Care courses

Mentoring Project

Deidra Razzaque, MA


(802) 257-7967, Ext. 304

Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, all Foundations Part 1: Kinship Care courses

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