Children and Parenting


Abuse & Neglect Prevention/Treatment

Adopted Children's Services

At-Risk Children & Youth

Children with Special Needs

Informational & Advocacy Organizations

Low-Income Family Services

Mental Health

New Mother & Infant Support


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)


Learn more about working while you're pregnant in Vermont. Here’s what you need to know about asking for what you need stay healthy on the job. Watch our video for workers: Pregnancy-Related Workplace Accommodations for Vermont Employees 

Learn more about workplace protections for Vermont's pregnant workers.  What are reasonable accomodations? What do you need to know as an employer or human resources manager to comply with Vermont law?  Watch our video for employers:  Pregnancy-Related Workplace Accommodations for Vermont Employers

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)



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. 

Agency of Human Services - Family Services Division

280 State Drive, HC 1 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-1030
(802) 241-2131

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: 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

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.

Barre Office
255 North Main Street, Suite 7
Barre, VT 05641-4189
(802) 479-4260

Bennington Office
200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite 14
Bennington, VT 05201-1956
(802) 442-8138

Brattleboro Office
232 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-2888

Burlington Office
White Cap Business Park
426 Industrial Ave. Suite 130
Williston, Vermont 05495
(802) 863-7370

Hartford Office
118 Prospect Street, Suite 400
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-8840

Middlebury Office
156 South Village Green, Suite 202
Middlebury, VT 057531105
(802) 388-4660

Morrisville Office
63 Professional Drive, Suite 3
Morrisville, VT 05661-8522
(802) 888-4576

Newport Office
100 Main Street, Suite 230
Newport, VT 05855-4898
(802) 334-6723

Rutland Office
220 Asa Bloomer Bldg
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701-3449
(802) 786-5817

St. Albans Office
27 Federal Street, Suite 300
St. Albans, VT 054782247
(802) 527-7741

St. Johnsbury Office
67 Eastern Avenue, Suite 4
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-5603
(802) 748-8374

Springfield Office
100 Mineral Street, Suite 101
Springfield, VT 05156-3166
(802) 885-8900

Child Lures Prevention

5166 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

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.

KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County

45 Kilburn Street, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-9626

KidSafe is a partnership of over 30 organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse and child neglect in Vermont. They work to connect families and children that are in crisis with appropriate services and supports. They help to provide training to individuals working with families and children around how to recognize maltreatment. They also provide services to help parents who are facing issues that could affect the child(ren)’s safety.  KidSafe connects:
• families in crisis/kids at risk with coordinated services and supports
•  Vermonters who work with children and youth with training, to know how to recognize and report suspected maltreatment
•  human services staff with each other, connecting people and agencies so that our child protection systems are effective.
At the family level, KidSafe leads Child Protection Teams that provide coordinated supports for parents who are coping with issues that are affecting their child(ren)’s safety.  KidSafe brings together everyone who can help, to work with the parents and take concrete steps to immediately improve the family’s safety.

Kidpower Vermont

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.

O.U.R. House

38 Summer Street
Barre, Vermont 05641
(802) 476-8825

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
(802) 685-3138

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
(800) 649-4357

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
(802) 247-3132

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

(800) 422-4453

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. 

Child Justice

Child Justice, Inc.
901 K St., N.W. Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
(301) 283-1762

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
(405) 639-7262

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 Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Vermont Office 
Vermont State Police
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 244-8727

National Office
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.



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.

Lund Family Center

P.O. Box 4009
Burlington, VT 05406
(802) 864-7467/ (800) 639-1741 (Toll Free)

The Lund Family Center’s full-service adoption program offers a variety of services including: infant adoption, adoption of older children, lifelong support for adopted children and their families, options counseling for pregnant women, counseling for birth fathers, Discover your Roots (to help adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents find information and connection), as well as community events for children and adoptees.

Vermont Adoption Consortium

280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-2401
(802) 241-0901

The Vermont Adoption Consortium recognizes that adoption is a lifelong process with rewards and challenges at different stages along the way. Therefore, we are committed to partnering with individuals, families and communities to further the knowledge and understanding of adoption and to ensure that all people whose lives have been touched by adoption have access to quality services throughout Vermont.  Services available to families include: in-home parent education; consultation to treatment teams; assistance with school issues; referrals to community resources; support groups; advice with birth parent relationships; and a large lending library.

Vermont Kin as Parents

Vermont Kin As Parents
33 Blair Park Rd 100
Williston, Vermont 05495
(802) 871-5104

Vermont Kin as Parents is committed to support relatives who are raising children and to educate the public and community partners about the joys and difficulties these families experience.  VKAP provides a variety of resources and services to families.


Lund Family Center: Kids-A-Part Program

76 Glen Road
Burlington, VT
(802) 864-7467

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.

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 Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs

P.O. Box 627
38 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-9151

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 locations statewide, which can be found using the interactive map



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:

Easter Seals Vermont

641 Comstock Road, Suite 1
Berlin, VT 05602
(802) 223-4744

Easterseals serves children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services helping our clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.  Programs offered with Child and Family Services include family time coaching, family support, family group conferences, screening, transportation services, safe babies court, family treatment court, and case reviews.

Howard Center Developmental Services

208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3J
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 488-6500 / 877-217-7019

Howard Center Developmental Services provides support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. They offer a wide range of resources and programs for individuals to access their community, build social connections, maintain employment, and live as independently as possible.  They strongly believe that communities are enriched when individuals with disabilities are given opportunities for inclusion, independence, and self-determination. These principles are embedded in all of the programs provided at Howard Center, Developmental Services.

Partners in Adventure; Celebrating All Abilities

(802) 425-2638

Partners In Adventure provides camps and year-round social and recreation programs partnering disabled teens with non-disabled peers in northern Vermont. We offer individuals opportunities to be included as participants in their communities, to enjoy enriching experiences adapted to their specific needs and to learn about tolerance and diversity.

Vermont Adaptice Ski & Sports

PO Box 139
Killington, VT 05751
(802) 786-4991

Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all ages and all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year-round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.  They serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional/behavioral disabilities from all over the world in three locations in Vermont during the winter – Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Ski Area in Bolton. Summer programs are provided state-wide. Many of our programs include environmental education, wellness, and special programs designed specifically for veterans.

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.

Theraputic Riding Programs / Horse Assisted Therapy

Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program

57 East Shore Road
South Hero, VT 05486
(802) 372-4087

CHAMP is a non-profit, volunteer driven, PATH International Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center providing year round horse-assisted activities and therapy with dignity and respect for all.  CHAMP provides horse-assisted programs to meet the needs of children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. CHAMP works in partnership with other organizations to develop specialized programs.

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program

PO Box 278
Sharon VT, 05065
(802) 763-3280

High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program has been serving residents of the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont since 1993.  Their trained and professional staff, volunteers, and horses work as a team to provide individualized lessons addressing the physical, emotional, social and cognitive challenges of seniors, veterans, teens, adults and children with varying abilities. Each rider’s unique strengths and needs are carefully considered.

Reinbow Riding Center

P.O. Box 395
Cuttingsville, VT 05738
(802) 492-2226

Reinbow Riding Center is a therapeutic riding facility located in Shrewsbury, Vermont. PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructors, along with the assistance of many volunteers, provide therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with cognitive, physical and behavioral challenges.

Reining Hope AEAAT, LLC

574 Sunset Drive
Morgan, VT 05853
(802) 895-9166

Reining Hope offers year-round equine assisted activities for riders with and without special needs through therapeutic riding and horsemanship programs, as well as equine related clinics and workshops. It is their belief there are no“dis-abilities” – persons with special needs each have their own“extra-ordinary” abilities! Equines have been proven, as with other animals, to be strong motivators in human development and self-awareness.

Rhythm of the Rein

386 US Route 2
Marshfield, VT 05658
(802) 426-3781

Providing therapeutic riding activities and therapies for the special needs community of Central Vermont and Northeast Kingdom.

Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center

3 Cross Country Circle
Wilmington, VT 05363
(802) 221-4409

SOVTRC offers therapeutic riding, horsemanship, and vocational education programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges.

Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy

307 Culver Hill Road,
Middlesex, Vermont, 05602
(802) 223-4828

VHAT provides safe, effective and fun therapeutic riding experiences to children and adults with physical, neurological, cognitive, emotional, or economic challenges. They also offer the only group program of its kind in Vermont for children on the autism spectrum.  Financial assistance is available.


Building Bright Futures

(802) 876 5010

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is a statewide nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on improving the well-being of young children and families by improving the system that serves them. BBF improves child and family well-being through three program areas: Community, Data and Policy.

Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families

103 South Main Street, 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 241-3110 / 800-649-2642

The Child Development Division is the state agency charged with improving the wellbeing of Vermont's children by ensuring safe, accessible and quality services are available for every child.  

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.

KidSafe Collaborative

45 Kilburn Street 
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-9626

KidSafe is an independent Chittenden County, Vermont agency focused on keeping the community working together to prevent and address child abuse and neglect. Their mission is to engage community groups, individuals and agencies to work together to improve the community’s response to child abuse and neglect. They envision a Vermont in which every child grows up healthy and able to live up to their full potential.  They have 30 organizations, agencies and individuals, contributing their services to teams and programs.

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.

PBS Parents

PBS Parents is a resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning.

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
(802) 388-3171

Champlain Islands Parent Child Center
114 South St
South Hero, VT 05486
Red Building: (802) 372-4704
Allen House: (802) 372-5402(802) 796-3013

Early Education Services of Windham County
130 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-3742 / 800-427-3730

The Family Center of Northwestern Vermont
103 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-6554

The Family Center of Washington County
383 Sherwood Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 262-3292

The Family Place
319 US Route 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-3268 / 800-639-0039

Lamoille Family Center
480 Cady’s Fall Road
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-5229

The Lund Family Center
76 Glen Road
P.O. Box 4009
Burlington, VT 05406-4009
(802) -864-7467 / 800-639-1741 / (800)-253-0191 (TDD/TTY)

Milton Family Community Center
23 Villemaire Lane
Milton, VT 05468-0619
(802) 893-1457 / (802) 893-6502

NEKCA/Parent Child Center North
70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7316

NEKCA/Parent Child Center South
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040 / 888-748-6040

Orange County Parent Child Center
693 VT Route 110
Tunbridge, VT 05077
(802) 685-2264 / 888-685-2264

Rutland County Parent Child Center
61 Pleasant Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-9711 / 800-480-9711 (Toll Free)

Springfield Area Parent Child Center
6 Main Street
North Springfield, VT 05150
(802) 886-5242

Sunrise Family Resource Center
244 Union Street
P.O. Box 1517
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-6934

Vermont Children’s Trust Fund

95 St. Paul Street, STE 330
Burlington, VT 05401
888-475-5437 (Toll Free)

The Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation promotes the well-being of children and families in Vermont by raising funds for community-based prevention programs.

Vermont Autism Task Force

The Vermont Autism Task Force is a non-governmental grassroots committee of volunteers interested in improving services and supports for individuals with ASD and their families.

Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance

c/o Vermont Community Loan Fund
15 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

The Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy 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 Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

600 Blair Park Road
P.O. Box 1577
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 876-7021 / (800) 639-6071

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 Partnership for Fairness and Diversity

18 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro VT 05301
(802) 254-2972

A division of ALANA Community Organization, the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity provides assistance, support, and advocacy related to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the public sphere.  They work to strengthen inclusive and equitable practices to eliminate prejudice and discrimination of all kinds.Programs and services include:

Cultural Enrichment Programs:

  • Engaging students with cultural enrichment programs that helps them understand and practice inclusive and equitable behaviors 
  • Increasing educator awareness to and skills for teaching more culturally diverse classroom


  • Providing individuals considering relocation to Vermont with testimonials of Vermonters of color
  • Enhancing human resource department capacity to recruit a more diverse workforce
  • Promoting civic engagement by Vermonters of color (Resolve to get involved!)

Vermont African American Heritage Trail

  • Promoting cultural tourism
  • Establishing Vermont as a desirable destination for  tourists, convention  goers, college students, entrepreneurs, and  recreationalists of color 
  • Teaching Vermont students and families about Vermont’s African American history

Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future

  • Increasing the number of organizations or agencies that employ inclusive and equitable business practices
  • Strengthening inclusive and equitable business practices across multiple sectors (law enforcement, media, municipal government, state government,  tourism , education, ...)
Voices for Vermont's Children

P.O. Box 261
Montpelier,VT 05601

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



Capstone Community Action, Central VT

20 Gable Place
Barre, VT
802-479-1053 / 800-639-1053 (Toll Free)

The Community Action Council provides comprehensive services to help people achieve economic well-being with dignity and develops partnerships to strengthen Vermont communities.  Our commitment is to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty, to work with individuals and families to move out of poverty, and to advocate for economic justice for all Vermonters.

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)

191 North Street
P.O. Box 1603
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 862-2771 / 800-287-7971 (Voice/TDD)

CVOEO is a private, non-profit, human services agency. The agency was incorporated in 1965, and is one of five Community Action Agencies in Vermont.  CVOEO serves primarily the northwestern corner of Vermont – Franklin, Grand Isle, Chittenden, and Addison Counties. The mission of CVOEO is to address fundamental issues of economic, social and racial justice and to work with people to achieve economic independence. It offers many services including, fuel assistance, housing assistance, WARMTH, Fair Housing Project, and Community Action.

Child Care Financial Assistance of the Department for Children and Families

Child Development Division
103 South Main Street 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2901
(802) 241-3110

The Child Care Financial Assistance Program primarily helps low-income working families pay for needed child care. The Vermont Child Care Services Division funds and oversees the overall program, but parents access it through their local community child care support agency.

Economic Services Division of the Department for Children and Families

280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1500
(800) 479-6151/ 1-855-247-3092 (Language Interpretation Phone)

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.

Southeastern Vermont Community Action

91 Buck Drive
Westminster, VT 05158
(802) 722-4575/800-464-9951 (Toll Free)

The mission of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is "to enable people to cope with, and reduce the hardships of poverty; create sustainable self-sufficiency; and reduce the causes and move toward the elimination of poverty." SEVCA works to find solutions to the deep-seated problems of poverty, largely by empowering and collaborating with those whose lives are affected by it daily. We address people's immediate needs for fuel, housing, food, and other essentials to help stabilize their lives in the short term, and provide further tools and support to help them achieve greater financial independence in the longer term.



Howard Center

208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3J
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 488-6600 / (877) 217-7019
Services for children:
Services for families:

Howard Center Child, Youth, and Family Services provides an extensive array of services in numerous settings throughout the community. The specific type, location, and extent of services is determined by the individual needs of children and families.  Services offered included crisis services and outpatient services.

Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc.

78 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 222
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-2381

When a child in Rutland County needs help, Child and Family Services is always within reach, any day, any time. Under Rutland Mental Health Services, the programs offered embrace the emotional and behavioral problems that may affect youth, from birth to teenage years. The Child and Family Services division delivers a wide range of services, including: mental health and substance abuse assessment, outpatient therapy, therapeutic case management, outpatient substance abuse services, school-based services, psychiatric assessment and medication management, and 24/7 crisis services.

Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

600 Blair Park Road
P.O. Box 1577
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 876-7021 / (800) 639-6071

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.



Good Beginnings

Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
174 River St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley
93 South Main Street
P.O. Box 5054
West Lebanon, NH 03784
(603) 298-9524

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.

La Leche League

La Leche League International is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who choose to breastfeed. La Leche League supports mothers from pregnancy through weaning, and everything in between on the phone, by e-mail and during free monthly group meetings.

La Leche League of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont offers groups in Montpelier, Middlebury, Woodstock, Rutland, Essex Junction, Burlington, and St. Johnsbury.  

La Leche League of Maine and New Hampshire offers groups in Claremont and in the Upper Valley.

VNA / Maternal Child Health Services

1110 Prim Road
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 860-4400 / 800-427-1908 (Toll Free)

The months of pregnancy and the years of early childhood are critical times for families. The VNA strives to help families during this time by offering parents information and support. Through home-visiting and our center-based programs, our multi-disciplinary team provides pregnant women and families with young children extra support when stressors are too great. The VNA also offers postpartum care to help mothers adjust to the transition of motherhood.