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Schools experience unique challenges when working with children who have joined their families through adoption or guardianship.  The traumatic events that many of these children experienced create changes in their ability to access learning and to feel safe. The Vermont Consortium for Adoption and Guardianship has developed a free training to support school staff throughout Vermont become more adoption sensitive. 

 School staff who participated in this training say:

¨ Thank you for an engaging thoughtful presentation.

¨ With this information I am now going to change the way I interact with my students.

¨ Good updates on changes in language and reminders of activities.

¨ It was amazing and helpful!

Whether you are a parent or work in a school - If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule a training please contact the Consortium by email at vtadoption@vermont.gov or call the Consortium Coordinator Catherine Harris at  802-241-0901

Click here for a flyer that you can share with your school.



Talking With Our Children About Adoption

How comfortable are you having these conversations?

Are you worried about the impact on your child?

Learn what’s important to talk about with your child and why.

And work on strategies for bringing up the subject regularly with your child.

We do not have any additional trainings scheduled at this time however if you would like to schedule one of these trainings in your community please contact Catherine Harris at vtadoption@vermont.gov


Taking the Long View: Thriving as a Transracial/Transcultural Family

  • This workshop is open to all interested in transracial/transcultural parenting.
  • Adoptive, pre-adoptive, guardianship, kinship, and foster families will learn what it takes to thrive as a transracial/transcultural family—and develop parenting strategies
  • Whether you are parenting an infant, a child, or a teenager—or thinking about it—this workshop will further develop your awareness, knowledge, and skills, increasing your confidence and helping to make your family stronger.

This workshop will next be offered in the Fall - keep your eye on the website for updates.



Take a look at the CASE webinar offerings - while they have fees attached to them they often are able to offer scholarships.



A Trauma-Intensive Workshop for Caregivers
A Resource Parent Curriculum that educates caregivers about the impact of trauma on the development, attachment, emotions and behaviors of the children in their care; plus guides parents in improving their relationship with their children and their ability to manage ongoing and daily challenges.

RPC+ will provide a safe space for caregivers to access compassionate training, learn concrete strategies, enhance relationships with their children and build a network of support and connections with fellow caregivers. Children will have the opportunity to spend time with their peers in a supportive and enriching environment designed to increase emotional regulation and a sense of competency. 

RPC+ Components:

  • RPC+ Caregiver Workshop – An 10 week long (2.5 hour/class) workshop for foster and kin parents, and parents who have adopted children who have experienced trauma.
  • RPC+ for Kids – Concurrent Children’s Groups will be run by the local mental health agency. The groups will incorporate neuro biological (“patterned, repetitive rhythmic somatosensory”) activities such as drumming, therapeutic art/music, yoga, dance and/or mediation to increase competency and improve self regulation.

    The current schedule is available on our events page and to download the flyer click here.

    For more information contact:

           Amy Bielawski-Branch, MS, LCMHC




Vermont’s four adult education and literacy community-based service providers recognize and support the amazing and important work that both foster families and kin as families are doing for the children in their care. With your love and dedication to your expanded families comes unique educational needs: Computer literacy, financial literacy, Internet literacy, reading to and helping children with homework, job search or advancement skills, etc. To view the flyer click here

 Vermont’s adult education and literacy services include help with these skills, and more, for free.

 Please contact the organization in your county to find out how we can help you and your family.

 Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties - Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (802) 476-4588 www.cvabe.org (see the attached flyer for more details)
 Caledonia, Essex, Orleans counties - Northeast Kingdom Learning Services 1-844-GO NEKLS (466-3557) www.neklsvt.org
 Bennington county - The Tutorial Center (802) 447-0111 www.tutoringvermont.org
 Addison, Chittenden, Franklin/Grand Isle, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties- Vermont Adult Learning (800) 322-4004 www.vtadultllearning.org

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