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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 with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) has now been taken up by the ...

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.

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 completed a "safety plan” and removed the child from Ella’s care, placing her with ...

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 and for the best interest of my son. This has been a very lengthy process and I ...