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Kinship Caregivers


Kinship Caregivers are older adults who are raising their grandchildren
or the children of other family members.


Kinship Respite Grants:

CVCOA offers a limited number of respite grants to grandparents or other family caregivers 55 and older who provide care for children 18 or younger.

Grant awards can be used to provide respite for the caregiver, to join after-school programs, or to pay for counseling or support fees.

For more information about the kinship respite grants and to apply, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119 or email cvcoa@cvcoa.org.

Support Groups:

Washington County
Contact Evelyn Sawyer at 802-476-1480 or evelyns@wcmhs.org

  • First Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church in Barre, 10:00 am – noon
  • Second Thursday of the month in Montpelier, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Third Tuesday of the month at Wesley Methodist Church in Waterbury, 6:00 -8:00 pm

Orange County
Contact MaryEllen Otis at 802-685-2264 or maryellen@orangecountypcc.org

  • Orange County Kinship Care Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm 


Vermont Department for Children and Families

Vermont Kin as Parents offers information about resources for kinship families. Call them at 802-338-4725.

Resource Guide for Kinship Caregivers: a joint publication of the Department of Children and Families and VKAP.