Vermont Post Permanency Support Groups
The following Support Groups are provided by the Vermont Adoption Consortium in collaboration with Post permanency Services (From Lund, Easterseals, or NFI). Some groups are also co-sponsored by community partners or are community based support groups.
OPEN TO ADOPTION AND GUARDIANSHIP CAREGIVERS STATEWIDE MEETING via ZOOM: Self-Care Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Caregivers: This group focuses on self-care activities and discussions. The dates and topics are available here. For more information or to register for this email Kathy at email@example.com
Addison County Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Families is currently on hold. If you are interested in participating with the group when it resumes, please contact Melissa Appleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Circle of Support for Adoptive and Guardianship Families meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 virtually for now, will restart in person as soon as safe. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Stephanie Amyot (802) 735-5031 or email her at email@example.com to receive the Zoom link.
Kin Care Support and Resources meeting virtually the last Thursday of each month - drop in anytime between 6:30 to 8:00 pm. To sign up and receive the link email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-884-5589
Brattleboro: NOW MEETING via ZOOM: Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Parents the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm. For more information you can contact Danna Bare by email email@example.com or phone 802-258-0308
NOW MEETING via ZOOM and open to all adoptive and guardianship families in Vermont: Chittenden County Circle of Parents Support Group for Adoptive and Guardianship Families. This group is topic focused on themes related the permanency journey of parenthood. Topics are client-centered from the group set out in a syllabus format for the calendar year. This group is held the LAST week of every month, the day varies, from 7:30-8:30pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Katherine Boise, BSW, M.Ed at Lund at (802) 735-6167.
NOW MEETING via ZOOM: 1st Thursday of every month from 8:00-9:00 pm. To receive the link for this group please contact Nina Hill (802) 495-6187 or Monica Darrah (802) 495-6535
Morrisville-Please contact Pam Montgomery, Easterseals of Vermont, (802) 595-5046 for information
Caledonia County/St Johnsbury
The Northeast Kingdom Foster and Adoptive Community is on a break until new staffing and support is identified
ON HOLD UNTIL ABLE TO MEET IN PERSON: Kinship Care Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, at 2458 Christian Street, Wilder (next to the Dothan Brook School on Rte 5). For more information contact: Judith Bush, ACSW at (802) 356-9393 x 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENTLY MEETING VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM: Adoption Conversations - a Triad Group meets monthly, from 7-8:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. All participants are adults, and are either birth parents, adult adoptees, or adoptive parents. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. For more information, or to receive the zoom link to the meeting, reach out to Judith Bush, ACSW at email@example.com or 603-790-8283.
Other support groups of interest:
Transracial Parenting Learning Circle: For adoptive, foster, and kinship caregivers who are parenting transracially in Vermont
This is a free, virtual monthly group for caregivers who provide guardianship, have adopted, or are fostering transracially or transculturally. Build your awareness, knowledge, and skills in a network of connection and support. The group is facilitated by EJ Bartlett, who adopted transracially, and Deidra Razzaque, who grew up in transracial kinship care. Group meets virtually the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm beginning in January 2022. Click here for more info or to register.
ON HOLD UNTIL WE CAN GATHER AGAIN: Transracial Adoptive Families of Vermont meets up in various locations, generally in the Chittenden County area. Please contact Jordy Baker for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Various Locations State-wide:
Families of Color (FOC): An informal, inclusive community of families who gather every month or so for various social activities (picnics, swimming, campfires, movies, skating, hiking, sledding, etc), plus an annual camping weekend. Open to adults and kids of all ages in families of color, and their allies, to build friendships and access a support network while at play together. Gatherings naturally allow discussion of themes related to adoption, transracial families, racism, BIPOC experience in Vermont and beyond, and more. Locations vary with activity, but usually are in the greater Central Vermont region. New families always welcome! Anyone interested in joining the email list should contact Jane Dudley, email@example.com.
For other kinship support groups you can also check out the Vermont Kin as Parents website !