Adoption & Probate Court

Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.

ADOPTION

Adoption Advocates Inc.

521 Webster Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
(802) 985-8289
 

Bethany Christian Services

P.O. Box 102
Vergennes, VT 05491
(802) 877-6500 / (800) 941-4865
www.bethany.org/vermont

Bethany Christian Services serves families through birthparent counseling, domestic and international adoption, infant adoption, and foster care
 

Casey Family Services

Winooski Office
46 Main Street, Suite 1A
Winooski, VT 05404-2242
(802) 655-6688 / (800) 244-1408

White River Junction Office
35 Railroad Row, Suite 400
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 296-8900
caseyfamilyservices.org/

Casey Family Services offers family advocacy and support, foster care, and post-adoption services.
 

Easter Seals Vermont

641 Comstock Road, Suite 1
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-4744
vt.easterseals.com

Easter Seals Vermont provides respite and advocacy services for adoptive families when school issues arise, along with resources and programs for children with physical/mental disabilities. As the lead organization in the Vermont Adoption Consortium, Easter Seals provides permanency services for families with VT Medicaid Insurance.
 

Family Services Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families

280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1030
(802) 241-2131
dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/

Services include child abuse and neglect intake, child abuse and neglect investigation and assessment, ongoing services to families at risk, care and treatment of children in state custody, permanency planning for children in state custody, probation and other restorative justice services for delinquent youth, post-adoption supports and subsidy for children adopted through foster care, transition services for youth, and the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center.
 

Friends in Adoption

212 Main Street
P.O. Box 238
Poultney, VT 05764
(800) 982-3678
friendsinadoption.org

Friends in Adoption is a non-profit, non-traditional, licensed agency whose goal is to help people make informed decisions concerning adoption. FIA works with both those interested in adopting and with pregnant women/couples considering placing their children with adoptive families.
 

The Lund Family Center

50 Joy Drive
South Burlington, VT
P.O. Box 4009
Burlington, VT 05406-4009
(802) 864-7467 / 800-639-1741 / (800) 746-7000
(800) 253-0191 (TDD/TTY)
info@lundvt.org
lundvt.org

The Lund Family Center is Vermont’s oldest and largest private non-profit adoption agency. It offers Vermont’s only residential treatment program for pregnant and parenting young women and their children.
 

Vermont Adoption Consortium

(802) 769-6343
info@vtadoption.org
vtadoption.org

Comprised of agencies and organizations around the state, the Vermont Adoption Consortium meets regularly to share information about and improve Vermont's adoption processes, and offer resources for prospective and adoptive families.
 

Vermont Adoption Registry

280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1030
(802) 241-0906
dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/vermont_adoption_registry

The Vermont Adoption Registry is an informative record that offers information about past adoptions, created to allow all parties involved in the adoption process—adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth families—to see public records of adoptions that have taken place within the state of Vermont. The site also shows the user what is and is not readily accessible to the public in regards to adoption records.
 

Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association

info@fafa.org
vfafa.org

The Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association’s (VFAFA) mission is to empower, support, and unify foster and adoptive families by strengthening the systems that care for Vermont's children. The VFAFA provides a community of like-minded individuals who come together with the sole purpose of offering resources and services to adoptive/foster families and their children, such as scholarships, youth programs, and guides to help parents/guardians understand the legal aspects of adoption/foster care.
 

Wide Horizons for Children

20 Birchwood Ct
South Burlington, VT 05403-6110
(781) 894-5330
whfc.org

Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC) facilitates both international and domestic adoptions for families in the United States, working in several countries in Africa, Latin America, and South/East Asia with children in need of homes. Along with providing the means to adopt children domestically and internationally, WHFC provides a wide array of resources for prospective parents, such as a step-by-step adoption guide, financial aid, detailed information regarding all the different facets of the adoption process, and post-adoption support.
 

VERMONT PROBATE COURTS

The Probate Division has jurisdiction over administration and settlement of estates, trust estate administration and settlement, adoptions and emancipation of minors, guardianship of persons unable to manage their own affairs, custody of minors to someone other than either parent, and vital record corrections and establishments, including change of name. Litigants in cases heard in the Probate Division may hire attorneys to act on their behalf during court proceedings or may choose to represent themselves. There are no jury trials. All VT courts are listed on the Vermont Judiciary website:
vermontjudiciary.org/GTC/probate/default.aspx

Addison Probate Division

7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-7741

Bennington Probate Division

P.O. Box 65
207 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201-0065
(802) 447-2705

Caledonia Probate Division

1126 Main St, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-0406
(802) 748-6605

Chittenden Probate Division

P.O. Box 511
175 Main St
Burlington, VT 05402-0511
(802) 651-1518

Essex Probate Division

P.O. Box 75
Guildhall, VT 05905
(802)-676-3910

Franklin Probate Division

17 Church St
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802)-524-7948

Grand Isle Probate Division

P.O. Box 7
No. Hero, VT 05474-0007
(802) 372-8350

Lamoille Probate Division

PO Box 570
Hyde Park  VT 05655
(802) 888-3887

Orange Probate Division

5 Court Street
Chelsea, VT 05038-9746
(802) 685-4610

Orleans Probate Division

247 Main St.
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3305

Rutland Probate Division

83 Center St.
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

Washington Probate Division

65 State Street
Montpelier  VT 05602
(802) 828-2091

Windham Probate Division

30 Putney Rd (2nd floor)
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802)-257-2800

Windsor Probate Division

12 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802)-457-1503