Family Support Services

The Agency of Human Services envisions a Vermont in which all families are safe, nurtured, stable, and supported and have access to services and supports that increase safety and well-being. AHS delivers family support services, supports, and programming to families that support resilience, address immediate needs,  to ensure good health outcomes and healthy living environments across the state.

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Strengthening Families Child Care provides grants to 28 community child care programs throughout Vermont to ensure affordable access to high quality comprehensive early care and education and afterschool programs for children and families challenged by economic instability and other environmental risk factors.

Who We Serve

These grants serve:

  • Children/families eligible for and participating in the CDD Child Care Financial Assistance Program (at least 25% of enrolled children).
  • Children/families who are receiving specialized child care services: including children with an open case with the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families (including foster children), children in families participating in Reach Up, refugee children and teen parents.
How We Impact

The following impacts on intended by these grants:

  • Documented use of the Center for Social Policy Strengthening Families Program Assessment tool through submission of outcomes and related program plan.
  • Continuity of care improves as measured by attendance records and compared to participants in CCFAP including specialized care in other non Strengthening Families programs.
  • 70% of parents report positive family experiences (protective factors) as part of their overall experience of having an enrolled child in the program.
Budget Information
FY 2021 Program Budget        
Primary Appropriation #: 3440030000      
FY 2021 Appropriation: $1,112,787      
Portion of Appropriation dedicated to Program: 100%  
Total Program Budget FY 2021: $1,112,787      
           
FY 19 Actuals        
Fund: GF $5,420      
Fund: FF $165,643      
Fund: GC $1,053,872      
Total Actual FY 19: $1,224,935        
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The Family Supportive Housing (FSH) Program provides intensive case management and service coordination to homeless families with children and helps house families through partnership with housing providers. The program's goal is to reduce the incidence and duration of homelessness through supports for families as they transition to and sustain permanent housing over time. Service coordination and case management focus on the root causes of a family's homelessness; promote resiliency for parents and their children; and help households build financial capability. FSH staff take a holistic, two-generation approach using non-judgmental, positive, and trauma-informed communication and engagement in their support of families.

Who We Serve

Families with children under the age of six who have had multiple episodes of homelessness or engagement with Family Services are prioritized for the program. OEO administers funding which supports Family Supportive Housing at seven community-based providers: Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and White River Junction.

How We Impact

Service Coordinators provide customized home-based case management; financial empowerment coaching; life skills support and referrals; tenant education; parent and child resiliency support; and support of addiction recovery. FSH Service Coordinators align and coordinate these services with existing Agency of Human Services programs and initiatives.

Budget Information

Budget Information

FY 2021 Program Budget        
Primary Appropriation #: 3440100000      
FY 2021 Appropriation: $1,546,352      
Portion of Appropriation dedicated to Program: 100%  
Total Program Budget FY 2021: $1,546,352      
           
FY 19 Actuals        
Fund: GF $68,600      
Fund: GC $559,200      
Total Actual FY 19: $627,800        
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The Family Services Division (FSD) is Vermont's child welfare agency. We are responsible for making sure children and youth:

  • Are safe from abuse
  • Have their basic needs met
  • Live is safe, supportive, and healthy environments
Who We Serve

Populations Served:

  1. At-risk children, youth and families
  2. Children and youth in the care and custody of the state
  3. Youth on juvenile probation
  4. Foster, respite and adoptive parents
How We Impact

The outcomes we want to achieve:

  • Safety: Children are safe from abuse, neglect, and risk of harm
  • Permanence: Children have nurturing relationships that sustain them throughout their lives
  • Well-Being: Children do well in their families, schools and communities
  • Law Abidance: Youth are free from delinquent behavior


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Reach Up helps eligible parents to gain job skills and find work so they can support their minor, dependent children.

Reach First does the same for parents who will likely no longer need help in four months (or less).

Child-Only Reach Up  provides cash assistance to help eligible adults care for the minor, dependent children of relatives or family friends.   

What benefits are available?

  • Services that support work
  • Case management to help you reach your goals
  • Monthly cash payments to help you pay for basic necessities like food, clothing, housing and utilities
Who We Serve

Eligibility depends on:

  • Your household income
  • Your living expenses
  • The value of the things you own or are paying for
  • Who lives in your home
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As established in 33 V.S.A. § 3701, Parent Child Centers (PCCs) are community-based non-profit organizations established for the purpose of providing prevention, early intervention and early child development services to prospective parents and families with young children including those with children who are medically, socio-economically or developmentally at risk. To this end PCC’s implement practices aligned with the Strengthening Families Framework articulated by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). These practices are designed to build protective factors in families as a primary prevention strategy to protect children from abuse and neglect. The Department for Children and Families supports the Strengthening Families Framework which identifies five protective factors that research indicates enhance child and family well-being:

      • Parental resilience
      • Social connections
      • Knowledge of parenting and child development
      • Concrete support in times of need
      • Social and emotional competence of children
    Who We Serve

    Parent Child Centers serve prospective parents and families with young children including those with children who are medically, socio-economically or developmentally at risk.

    How We Impact

    Parent Child Centers have an impact in several ways, including:

    • Promote the health and well-being of children prenatal – age 6 and their families and build protective factors in families and children that are known to reduce child abuse and neglect.
    • Support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate initiatives, programs, and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect and to support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect; and to foster understanding, appreciation and knowledge of diverse populations in order to effectively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
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    The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) administers federal and state funds that support the work of organizations that provide direct services to low-income Vermonters. These services include asset building and financial capability, emergency food shelves, emergency homeless shelters, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, supportive housing, job readiness training, micro-business development, weatherization assistance and more.

    Who We Serve

    Most OEO programs target Vermonters with incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, though some programs range up to 200% of poverty.

    How We Impact

    OEO's mission is to increase the self-sufficiency of Vermonters, strengthen Vermont communities, and eliminate the causes and symptoms of poverty.

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    The Office of Child Support (OCS) helps to obtain financial support for families with children by:

    1. Establishing, enforcing and modifying child support orders for children who do not live with both parents
    2. Establishing and enforcing medical insurance provisions in court orders
    3. Collecting, recording and distributing child support payments through the OCS Registry
    4. Establishing parentage when children are born outside of marriage
    Who We Serve

    Populations served:

    1. Parents entitled to medical and child support
    2. Parents obligated to pay medical and child support
    3. Guardians entitled to medical and child support
    4. States seeking assistance in Vermont courts
    How We Impact

    The Office of Child Support improves the economic security of children and families in Vermont.

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