Minor Guardianship Information

Minor Guardianship in Vermont Slideshow Created - What Every Family Should Know About the Probate Court Process Vermont Parent Representation Center, Inc. and KIN-KAN Vermont have created a Minor Guardianship informational slideshow to educate Vermont families about the minor guardianship process.

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. - Mahatma Gandhi

WCAX, Kristen Kelly: Honoring Vermont Families That Reunite

Honoring Vt. families that reunite Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:08 PM EDT Updated: Aug 19, 2013 5:00 PM EDT By Kristin Kelly http://www.wcax.com/story/23159642/honoring-vt-families-that-reunite BURLINGTON, Vt. - "Families work really hard to gain their children back," Sarah Lowell said. Lowell knows about that hard work. She is a proud mom. But for a while, she couldn't care for her son and he was put in state custody. They've been happily back together for almost four years. "It takes a lot, it takes a lot to be able to get your kids back and ...

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Juan and Tiffany’s Story: A Family Reunified on Christmas Day!

Juan and Tiffany's Story - Family reunited with the help of VPRC's advocacy and support. Tiffany returned to her job six weeks after the birth of her first child. She and her husband, Juan, were having a hard time making ends meet. Juan’s mother offered to help on the weekends, when both parents had to work, and this lasted for a couple of years. When Tiffany and Juan’s second child was born, Tiffany returned to work three weeks after giving birth. Juan’s mother agreed to continue to care for the children on the weekends. Mental health issues arose and the father ...

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American Bar Association: VPRC’s Executive Director, Trine Bech, honored in conjunction with June’s National Reunification Month

In conjunction with June’s National Reunification Month, the American Bar Association identified several individuals as heroes "for demonstrating the compassion and perseverance, despite the challenges, to keep families together.” VPRC’s Executive Director, Trine Bech, is among those honored. Trine Bech, Esq. Trine Bech has touched countless lives through the work she has done for families for over 40 years. Over that time she has served as a front line social worker, an attorney for children and parents, with the Vermont Supreme Court, as the Deputy Director ...

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Hon. George K. Belcher: Custodial Kinship Guardianships for Minors: A Response to Julia Zalenski

In the Spring 2012 issue of the Vermont Bar Journal, Hon. George K. Belcher, a recently retired Probate Judge for the City of Montpelier in Washington County, responded to Julia Zalenski’s December 2011 article (below). "Although I welcome discussion of probate issues in the bar journal, I fear that some of the article's errant themes require a response." To read Judge Belcher’s response, click here.

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Julia Zalenski: Minor Guardianships Created by the Probate Court When the Department for Children and Families is Involved: Problems with Possible Solutions

VPRC was fortunate to have a legal intern last summer to help identify the difficulties our families were having with minor guardianships in the Probate Court.  Julia Zalenski, a second year law student at the University of Iowa Law School, authored a position paper which was published by the Vermont Bar Journal in December 2011. New policy and practice must work within the framework of the constitutional right of parents and children to maintain their family life free of government interference. The challenging issue of minor guardianships when families are involved ...

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Common Good Vermont: Trine Bech on Results Based Accountability

Today, on Channel 17/Town Meeting Television (on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom), VPRC’s Trine Bech talked about Results Based Accountability.

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Vermont Parent Representation Center: Two CHINS Cases Dismissed

This past week two VPRC families had their cases dismissed in Court. We believe it had to do with our work with DCF, the other lawyers involved and, of course, the families themselves.  “Ella’s” Story The Probate Court referred Ella to VPRC because her former in-laws, the paternal grandparents of her four-year-old child, filed a petition for minor guardianship. Then, within days of this referral, DCF filed a Child in Need of Care and Supervision (CHINS) petition, claiming that Ella had neglected her child over a long period of time. DCF had already comple...

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VPRC’s Family Intervention Team

VPRC has now provided legal advocacy and social work support services to families involved in our child welfare system for over one year. We have served 21 families with 47 children. VPRC’s program model includes our team members meeting with parents in their homes. All our families have found these visits very supportive and helpful for them to be able to meet their goals. Comments of parents, from their evaluations of VPRC’s services, include: “I trust them & trust is always very important.” “I am glad to have such a good support group for me ...

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