This bi-weekly blog is a forum for kinship, foster, and adoptive families to share with one another. It is also a place to learn about current resources, support, educational opportunities, and topics that are relevant to your experience.
Voices at the Table was created by the Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP), a collaboration between the University of Vermont and the Vermont Department for Children and Families. CWTP develops trainings and educational opportunities for kinship and foster caregivers, youth, adoptive/birth/extended families, and those who work in child welfare.
It is our hope that this site will provide you with information that enhances your experience of parenting.
You are invited to comment on blog posts and to discuss the ideas that arise from them.
Please see the “Educational Opportunities” tab to learn about current course offerings. Add to our Education Wish List when you think of types of educational offerings you would like to see in Vermont.
You are encouraged to use the “What’s On Your Mind?” tab to post queries and comments on issues that are pressing to you and your family, and for which you would like support and suggestions from other caregivers and parents.
Feedback is welcome regarding any aspect of this site. Please post a comment or send an email to the site administrator, Deidra K. Razzaque, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP)
The Child Welfare Training Partnership offers learning opportunities for Vermont kin, foster and adoptive parents around the state in collaboration with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF), Family Services Division, the Vermont Adoption Consortium, Vermont Kin As Parents (VKAP), the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association (VFAFA), and other agencies.
Three kin, foster and adoptive parent Training Coordinators oversee the delivery of about 26 classroom sessions of Foundations for Kinship and Foster Care annually, located in all 12 Family Service districts. Approximately 50 state-wide First Steps classes are offered annually, and the Foundations classroom sessions are offered at least twice a year in each Family Services district. Adoptive Parenting classes are also coordinated by these staff. The Training Coordinators hire, train and supervise professional instructors for each course. In addition, they collaborate with DCF district staff, assess ongoing training needs and develop curricula to address these needs.
Director: Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, LMSW, PhD, Jessica.Strolin@uvm.edu, (802) 656-2173
Coordinator: Sarah Ward, LICSW, Sarah.Ward@uvm.edu, (802) 656-3345
Janet Benoit Connor, M ED, email@example.com, (802) 656-3363
Hartford and Barre
Juliet Davis, MSW, Juliet.Davis@uvm.edu, (802) 656-3363
Newport and St. Johnsbury
Sharon O’Neill, MA, ATR, Sharon.Oneill@uvm.edu, 802-656-3359
Burlington, Middlebury, Morrisville, St. Albans, all First Steps Foster Care courses
Deidra K. Razzaque, MA, Deidra.Razzaque@uvm.edu, 802-257-7967, Ext. 304
Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, Springfield, all First Steps Kinship Care courses