To Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Vermont Call the Child Protection 24 Hour Hotline: 800-649-5285
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.
Need to know more about parental, family, or short-term leave? Download the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) booklet, Vermont Guide to Parental and Family Leave (PDF file, 5 MB). UPDATE: In June of 2012, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that annual and sick leave accruals are not employee benefits. Therefore, your employer is not required to accrue vacation and sick leave hours for the unpaid hours that you take off for either short-term or long-term family or parental leave. However your employer may continue to allow you to accrue vacation and sick time during either short or long term leave. (PDF file, 5 MB)
Need tips and tools for talking with your kids about objectionable sexual or violent language or imagery? Take a look at VCW’s Listen, Talk and Keep Talking (PDF file, 243 KB)
Employers and employees: find out more about the needs and rights of moms returning to work.
Nursing Moms (PDF file, 1202 KB)
These VCW publications, one written for employers and one for workers. outline rights and responsibilities under current equal pay laws, how to handle suspected pay discrimination, wage disclosure laws, pregnant worker’s rights, lactation accommodations, anti-retaliation protection, and information concerning family and medical leave.
Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB)
Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)
Read executive summaries of our annual statewide "What Teen Girls Say" surveys
Agency of Human Services - Family Services Division
280 State Drive, HC 1 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-1030
The Agency of Human Services Family Services Division (FSD) is a government organization dedicated to providing for Vermont’s children and minors, keeping them safe from abuse/neglect, and promoting their wellbeing. FSD provides the following services:
-Child Abuse and Neglect Intake, Investigation and Assessment
-Ongoing Services to Families At Risk
-Care & 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 (to successfully transition from foster care to living independently)
-Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
They have twelve district offices located in Vermont: dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/districts. All their hotline/helpline numbers are listed below:
-Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 649-5285
-Child Care Helpline: (800) 649-2642
-Child Support Helpline: (800) 786-3214
-Economic Benefits: (800) 479-6151
Camp for Me
P.O. Box 4177
Burlington, VT 05406
Camp for Me is a summer camp hosted at Stowe High School for adopted children, ages 7-17, that provides activities such as field sports, arts & crafts, field trips, swimming, hiking and just hanging out with other adopted girls and boys.
Children with Special Health Needs Program of the Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
(800) 660-4427 / (802) 863-7338
The Children with Special Health Needs (CSHN) program was started by the Vermont Department of Health to assist children and young adults with complex health conditions. The program provides a large selection of services to children (Vermont residents, birth to age 21) and to their families. CSHN works to provide information, medical services, care coordination and resources to help families support their children’s wellbeing, growth and development. They also work to coordinate efforts with the children’s primary care physicians. Local clinics and locations can be found on their website here: healthvermont.gov/family/cshn/clinic
Economic Services Division of the Department for Children and Families
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1500
The Economic Services Division (ESD) of the DFC administers health insurance programs such as Medicaid, Dr. Dynasaur, VHAP and Vscript, provides case management services, and determines eligibility for food stamps, fuel assistance, Reach Up (for low income parents and caretakers of children under 18), elder care, emergency assistance (immediate financial help for food, housing, health care, fuel and utilities and funeral costs), Lifeline (telephone utility assistance) and other services.
Economic Services Division (ESD) of the Department for Children and Families’ Language Interpretation Phone Line: 1-855-247-3092
Phone line for people requiring services of a language interpreter to find out about state benefits, report changes, and get answers to questions. Interpretation is available in more than 150 languages. People can also visit their ESD district office if they need interpretation assistance.
The concept behind the Good Beginnings home visiting program is simple and powerful: Any family with a new baby can use a helping hand. Good Beginnings is a free home-visitor program that relies on trained volunteers to offer support to every family with a new baby. Good Beginnings volunteers - like a good friend or neighbor - offer the kind of flexible support that can make a family's first months with a new baby healthier and less stressful. Just as important, Good Beginnings is about celebrating this amazing and joyous experience.
Lund Family Center: Kids-A-Part Program
76 Glen Road
Created in 2006 by the Vermont Children’s Aid Society, the Kids-A-Part program focuses on children experiencing trauma due to an incarcerated parent. The program uses both prison and community programs to support families and break the cycle of intergenerational criminal behavior.
PO Box 22
East Montpelier, VT 05651
Mama Says is a community network in central Vermont committed to improving the lives of mothers and their children by providing support through education, communication, and advocacy. The community created by this group is home to a variety of resources for families regarding political issues, public policy, education, parenting issues, and more; all for the benefit and empowerment of Vermont families.
Parent Child Centers of Vermont
The Department for Children and Families is associated with a network of parent child centers across the state, designed to provide a strong and stable start for Vermont’s youth. These centers have resources and information regarding general information about family and child issues, along with services such as playgroups, parent education, home visits to families who request home-based support, and child advocacy in their communities. There are fifteen centers in Vermont:
Addison County Parent Child Center
126 Monroe Street
P.O. Box 646
Middlebury, VT 05753
Northeast Kingdom Parent Child Center (NECKA) South
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-2449
Milton Family Community Center
23 Villemaire Lane
P.O. Box 619
Milton, VT 05468-0619
Visiting Nurse Association/Maternal and Child Health
The Janet S. Munt Family Room
1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446
Franklin & Grand Isle Counties
The Family Center of Northwestern Vermont
107 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-6554 / (800) 834-7793
Northeast Kingdom Parent Child Center (NECKA) North
32 Central Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-4072 / (877) 722-6680
Rutland County Parent Child Center
61 Pleasant Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Early Education Services of Windham County
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-3742 / 800-427-3730
Springfield Area Parent Child Center
6 Main Street
North Springfield, VT 05150
Parental Leave Project, Inc.
Parental Leave Project Inc. is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization located in Middlebury, Vermont. It is our mission to provide families in Addison County with inadequate family leave benefits a financial solution for taking time to build a great family foundation. Prior to your new family member's arrival, parents complete an application form. Through donations, fundraising and investments, we are able to contribute up to 60% of the projected financial need during family leave.
Spectrum Youth and Family Services
31 Elmwood Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-7423 / (802) 862-5396
Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a community-based nonprofit organization with more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services for homeless, foster, and at-risk youth.
Vermont Achievement Center
88 Park Street
Rutland, VT 05701
The Vermont Achievement Center (VAC) is an organization dedicated to providing Vermont’s children and families with the stability and resources necessary to flourish and realize their fullest potential. The VAC offers innovative and responsive programs in special education, child care, early education, family social services and intervention, water safety and therapy, and more.
Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs
P.O. Box 627
38 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
The Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth (VCRHYP) is an organization that works with several different agencies across the state to provide three critical types of services that act as a crucial safety net for Vermont youth and their families: Transitional Living, Runaway and Family Stabilization, and Street Outreach. There are thirteen locations statewide, which can be found using the interactive map here: www.vcrhyp.org/contact
Vermont Early Childhood Alliance
c/o Vermont Community Loan Fund
15 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
The Vermont Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide coalition of early childhood professionals, parents, businesses and strategic partners working together to realize the promise of every Vermont child. This organization campaigns for better legislation and awareness for issues that impact children between the ages of birth and eight, such as healthcare services, safety, food/economic security, and early care/education.
Vermont Family Network
600 Blair Park Rd, Suite 240
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 876-5315 / (800) 800-4005
Vermont Family Network (VFN), promotes better health, education, and well-being for children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Vermont Family Network began in July, 2008, when Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) and Parent to Parent of Vermont merged. Since the merger, VFN has continued to offer the same support, services, and referrals to children and families that were once offered by VPIC and Parent to Parent. Service areas for VFN include: assistive technology, developmental disabilities, early childhood development, health, mental health, parent involvement in school and special education.
Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health exists to support families and children where a child or youth, age 0-22, is experiencing or at risk to experience emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges. The organization provides information and resources for families to help their children and collaborates with larger institutions to help spread awareness about mental illness in youth and to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Vermont Kin as Parents
33 Blair Park Rd 100B
P.O. Box 415
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 871-5104 / (802) 871-5109
Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP) is a group that specializes in the needs and issues of families composed of relatives raising the children of others, working to provide the necessary resources and support for such families in need of assistance. VKAP offers a variety of services, including providing information about resources available to kinship families (such as VKAP Voices, a publication that contains information for both families and professionals throughout the state), annual kinship conferences and events for caregivers and those who work with them, respite programs for guardians/caregivers, etc. The group also works with state and federal officials, like the DCF Commissioner, to advocate for legislation and awareness for issues facing kinship families.
Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc.
An interdisciplinary team of an attorney, a social worker, and a peer navigator (a parent who has direct experience with child protective and foster care systems) represents parents at risk of experiencing the removal of their children into state custody and foster care or kin-care. A Community Action Team (CAT) works with the custodial parent to address issues that threaten the children's safety to prevent a petition from being filed in court (Family and Probate). VPRC is a not-for-profit public interest law and policy organization. VPRC’s goals: to reduce the number of children removed from their families into state and other out-of-home custody; to shorten the length of stay in state and other out-of-home custody for children who have been removed; and to reduce the number of children re-entering state and other out-of-home custody after being reunified with their families.
Voices for Vermont's Children
The mission of the Voices for Vermont's Children is to promote public policy that enhances the lives of children and youth in Vermont. Voices addresses the full spectrum of child, youth and family issues - from child care and access to health care coverage for children and youth to juvenile justice and child welfare.
Voices activities include:
Advocacy during the Vermont Legislative session
Grass roots organizing and advocacy training in local communities
Crucial information, advocacy updates, special reports and fact sheets on issues and policy important to children and youth
Workshops and courses on public education and advocacy in local communities
Publication of Vermont KIDS COUNT and other child well-being reports
Locally based Community Leadership Training and Youth Leadership Training
76 Pearl Street, Suite 205
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Summer Camp Office
34 Hochelaga Road
South Hero, VT 05486
YWCA Vermont is a group dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. This group is known for its girls’ summer camp, Camp Hochelaga, which is dedicated to providing a safe haven for girls to express and empower themselves and have fun.
Child Development Institute
1442 E Lincoln Avenue Suite 121
Orange, CA 92865
Offers information on child development, parenting, and other topics of interest. Child Development Institute was formed in 1999 and has been providing information to parents through its website ever since.
ABUSE AND NEGLECT
To Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect: Call Vermont's Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week call (800) 649-5285
Harm can occur through abandonment of the child, emotional maltreatment, neglect, or physical injury. Anyone can make a report of child abuse. Please call the hotline or access the website in order to get advice or make a report.
Step Up: Protect Kids From Child Sexual Abuse
A Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) website about preventing child sexual abuse. Learn the facts about child sexual abuse. Get tips for talking about it. Learn how to proactively plan for your children’s safety. Find out what to do and who to call if you notice inappropriate behavior or suspect abuse. Get connected to resources such as helplines, hotlines, and services. Download a free guide to protecting children from sexual abuse. DCF social workers have special training and expertise in helping abused children and their families. Call your district office if you think a child has been abused and ask to speak with an intake worker.
Department for Children and Families’ (DCF)
DCF social workers have special training and expertise in helping abused children and their families. All services are confidential. Call your district office if you think a child has been abused and ask to speak with an intake worker.
255 North Main Street, Suite 7
Barre, VT 05641-4189
200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite 14
Bennington, VT 05201-1956
232 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Brattleboro, VT 05301
White Cap Business Park
426 Industrial Ave. Suite 130
Williston, Vermont 05495
118 Prospect Street, Suite 400
White River Junction, VT 05001
156 South Village Green, Suite 202
Middlebury, VT 057531105
63 Professional Drive, Suite 3
Morrisville, VT 05661-8522
100 Main Street, Suite 230
Newport, VT 05855-4898
220 Asa Bloomer Bldg
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701-3449
St. Albans Office
27 Federal Street, Suite 300
St. Albans, VT 054782247
St. Johnsbury Office
67 Eastern Avenue, Suite 4
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-5603
100 Mineral Street, Suite 101
Springfield, VT 05156-3166
Child Lures Prevention
Child Lures Prevention is a group that works to spread awareness about how children and teenagers may find themselves in situations that lead to sexual abuse and how to prevent child sexual abuse from happening. The group offers sexual abuse and abduction prevention programs to parents, schools, and students across the country so that the information necessary to identify and prevent sexual abuse is widespread and easily accessible.
P.O. Box 94
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473
(802) 425-KIDS (5437)
Kidpower is an innovative and effective nonprofit program that teaches children, teens, and adults of all ages and abilities how to detect and deter potential violence, bullying and abuse. Skills are taught in a safe, supportive environment to increase self-esteem and confidence in a way that is positive and enjoyable, not scary.
Have Justice -- Will Travel
9580 VT Route 113
Vershire, VT 05078
(802) 685-7809 / (877) 496-8100
PO Box 1537
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-8500 / (877) 447-8500
The mission of Have Justice - Will Travel (HJWT) is to bring an end to the generational cycle of abuse in rural families by bridging the legal, cultural, geographical, psychological and economic gaps that exist for victims of domestic violence. HJWT provides free legal and supportive services statewide for victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, and provides transportation for them to and from court and social service appointments. HJWT provides legal services, in-home consultations, and referrals for community resources including supervised visitation.
OUR House has two major projects that serve Central Vermont. The first is as the Washington County Children's Advocacy Center and the second is the Washington County Unit for Special Investigations. As a Children's Advocacy Center, OUR House works to address child sexual abuse. As a Special Investigative Unit, OUR House works to address all sexual abuse, as well as cases of serious child abuse. In addition, OUR House facilitates the Sexual Assault Response Team (or SART) which is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals from diverse fields to respond to sex crimes in the community.
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
P.O. Box 829
Montpelier, Vermont 05601
(802) 229-5724 / 800-244-5373
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont provides information, resources, and a variety of programs for preventing and stopping child abuse. Topics cover sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Tips and help are available on how to recognize signs that a child has been abused, how to spot potential abusers, who to contact if you are suspicious, what the laws are, parenting alternatives to abusive behaviors, parenting classes and support groups, and medical resources for abused children. Programs are available for children, teens, parents and other adults and include:
- Care For Kids
- We Care Elementary
- Nurturing Parenting Programs
- Circle of Parents Support Groups
- The Sexual Abuse Free Environment for Teens (SAFE-T)
- Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Prevention
- Understanding and Responding to Sexual Behavior of Children (URSBC)
- Vermont Parents’ Home Companion & Resource Directory
- Parents’ Help Line: (800)-244-5373
- Plugged-In: Technology, the Internet, and Child Safety
- Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
PO Box 251
Chelsea, Vermont 05038
SafeArt engages the transformative power of the arts to prevent and heal abuse and other traumas.
Safe Havens for Babies in Vermont
Vermont Agency of Human Services
You, or a person acting on your behalf can bring your baby, up to 30 days old, to any Safe Haven in Vermont. A Safe Haven is any fire or police station, health care facility, place of worship, emergency responder contacted through 911, or an adoption agency licensed in Vermont where one can drop off their baby, up to 30 days old, to be given up for adoption without fear of arrest as long as the infant has not been abused/neglected. You can also call 911 and meet with an emergency responder who can receive your baby. You can leave your baby with a volunteer or employee of a Safe Haven without fear of arrest as long as the baby has not been abused or neglected.
Safer Society Foundation Press
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, Vermont 05733-0340
The Safer Society Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit agency, is a national research, advocacy, and referral center on the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse.The Vermont office, based in Brandon offers a wide selection of books, cassettes, and videos for offenders, victims, family members, and clinicians addressing the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse.
Stop It Now! Vermont
351 Pleasant Street, Suite B-319
North Hampton, Massachusetts 01610
A confidential hotline for the parents of young people who are acting out sexually, family members or friends of child sexual abusers, and abusers themselves. The goal of STOP IT NOW! is to help abusers step forward, seek help, take responsibility, and begin to change their lives and to help provide communities with the infrastructure necessary to prevent child sexual abuse before children are harmed.
Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse
The Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse (VCPTSA) is a program associated with the Vermont Agency of Human Services that collaborates with statewide efforts to spread awareness about and prevent the sexual abuse of minors. The VCPTSA offers networking and educational conferences, supply grants to programs that help deal with sexual abuse, and provide a collection of videotapes, books, and publications specific to issues of sexual abuse.
Childhelp USA / National Child Abuse Hotline
Center for Sex Offender Management
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 720
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a federally-funded organization established to provide information, resource materials, and referrals to organizations and individuals involved with the management of sex offenders. The CSOM releases several publications containing up-to-date information about sex offenders and how to manage them for legal officials in order to keep legislation updated with the latest methods and protocols.
Children's Division of the American Humane Association
The Children’s Division of the American Humane Association provides professionals and concerned citizens with resources and information regarding children and their welfare, including the facts, resources, and referrals they need to help children and families in crisis and to prevent child abuse in their own neighborhoods.
Child Justice, Inc.
901 K St., N.W. Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
Child Justice is a nonprofit organization focusing on victim advocacy and legal issues for children and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly focusing on children’s rights in instances when the courts fail to uphold them. The organization’s primary service is the provision of attorneys to fight against custody cases where the victim is forced to live with their abusers, parents or otherwise.
P.O. Box 1022
Norman, OK 73070-1022
The Sex Offenders Restored through Treatment (SORT) chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), is a group dedicated to rehabilitating sex offenders who are seeking help and spreading awareness about how to prevent sexual abuse before it happens. CURE-SORT provides information, support, and letters to those in prison who want to get help, and a newsletter on current issues for sexual abusers and for those that know them.
Darkness to Light
1064 Gardner Road, Suite 210
Charleston, SC 29407
1-866-367-5444 / 843-965-5444
Darkness to Light is a national non-profit organization with the mission to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness of the issue, educating adults to prevent, recognize the signs and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and by engaging communities in building and sustaining child sexual abuse prevention initiatives.
National Association for the Education of Young Children for Families
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500,
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 232-8777 / (800) 424-2460
The mission of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources. The website provides a wide array of resources and activities for children to help them learn and thrive.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Vermont State Police
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175
(800) 843-5678 / (703) 224-2150
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
Provides advocacy and includes links to state laws on stalking and a Stalking Resource Center online. Other programs and services include the Victim Connect Resource Center, and the National Crime Victim Bar Association.