Multidisciplinary social work–lawyer child protection model.
VPRC provide families in crisis with free legal assistance and social work services to enable children to stay with their parents safely. We strive works to keep children out of foster care entirely, or to keep their time in care to a minimum. Service collaboration and client/service provider relationships are the keys to success for our program model. The multidisciplinary teamwork builds trusting relationships and improves outcomes. VPRC has implemented this multidisciplinary approach through several different program models.
Rapid Intervention Prenatal Program (RIPP). The Rapid Intervention Prenatal Project, or RIPP, is our most recent direct service program. RIPP supports individuals in treatment for chronic pain management or opioid dependence who are pregnant or parenting young children (ages 0-3). RIPP is a prevention and early intervention strategy designed to help strengthen families before, during, and after the birth of a child. Learn more here.
Minor Guardianship Innovation Project. VPRC and K.I.N.K.A.N. Vermont (Kinship Information & Navigation/Kinship Advocacy Network) partnered in 2012-2013 in a grant funded project to provide legal education and support services to families in Addison and Chittenden counties considering minor guardianship. The project offered an opportunity to consult with interested parties before the court hearing to provide information about custodial minor guardianships, the legal consequences of creating a minor guardianship, and the support and services available in Vermont. Read more here.
Family Intervention Team (FIT). VPRC’s FIT team is a three person model including an attorney, a social worker, and a peer navigator (a parent who has had direct experience with the child protection/foster care system). It is intended to represent and support parents at risk of experiencing the placement of their children into state custody and out-of-home care. The FIT team works with parents to address the issues that threaten their children’s safety and to prevent a petition from being filed in court (either Family or Probate).