Easterseals VT: Building Strong Families and Resilient Youth

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"This experience has really opened my eyes and means the world to me.” “Grateful for the support you guys provide to parents and children, including me and my daughter. Thank you!”  “Our caseworker treats me and my children with respect and truly cares about us as a family and believes in the reunification process.” These comments are typical of the feedback Easterseals VT receives as it empowers and assists local families and youth to address their challenges and create safety and well-being within their lives.

Photo: Kearstyn and her daughter Armani, who utilized Easterseals VT’s Child & Family Support program, enjoy time together outdoors. Courtesy photo.

Photo: Kearstyn and her daughter Armani, who utilized Easterseals VT’s Child & Family Support program, enjoy time together outdoors. Courtesy photo.

 

A Vermont-Based Organization

Established in 1985 by Vermont residents, Easterseals VT is a local, independent nonprofit dedicated to securing family-centered solutions for the difficulties parents and children may face.

With 11 locations from Brattleboro to Newport, Easterseals VT works collaboratively with the Vermont Department of Children and Families to assist households that seek healthy attachments, trauma repair, and permanency. Among the programs it offers are Child and Family Support, helping parents to create wellbeing for their children through referrals with the Vermont Department of Children and Families; Balanced and Restorative Justice, guiding at-risk youth to become productive members of society; Intensive Family-Based Services, supporting families in establishing stability and safety at home; Youth Development, assisting youth formerly in foster care make the successful transition to independent adulthood; and Post Permanency, providing additional support for families formed by adoption or guardianship. Easterseals VT delivers services that change lives and communities for the better.

Photo: Pictured Kendy and her adoptive children who utilize Easterseals VT’s Post Permanency Services. Courtesy photo.

Photo: Pictured Kendy and her adoptive children who utilize Easterseals VT’s Post Permanency Services. Courtesy photo.

Easterseals VT is distinct from Easterseals, a national organization based in Chicago. The organization relies on state and community funding, including the generosity of individual donors and businesses, to ensure its unique services are accessible to more than 2,000 Vermont children and their families every year.

“Easterseals VT runs independently. We are your local Easterseals chapter, here to serve your community,” explained Susan Reed, Director of Operations. “Our mission and services, as well as all financial and fundraising, are determined and fully managed at the local level.”

 

Hope for the Future

Ashley and her husband were first introduced to Easterseals VT for Family Time Coaching two years ago. Their battle with substance use jeopardized their five children’s safety, and as a result, they lost their home and the Department for Children & Families (DCF) placed their children in foster homes.

Since then, Ashley has been motivated to bring her children back to a safe and healthy home. Thanks to support from Easterseals VT, Ashley and her husband will soon be a year substance-free. Having overcome many challenges, they are hopeful for the future. “We’re looking forward to a fresh, new journey and being home together as a family again.”

Photo: One of Easterseals VT’s Family Time Coaching spaces, where parents learn skills on how to address their children’s needs in a healthy, safe manner. Courtesy photo.

Photo: One of Easterseals VT’s Family Time Coaching spaces, where parents learn skills on how to address their children’s needs in a healthy, safe manner. Courtesy photo.

To learn more about Easterseals VT and the services we provide or to donate, go to eastersealsvt.org or call 802-622-3230.
 

Support Your Local Easterseals VT

Easterseals VT relies on donations from local people and businesses to provide services to children and families throughout Vermont. Over the Edge is the organization’s exciting annual fundraiser, taking place Saturday, July 20th at the North Barre Manor. Accept the challenge and invite a family member, friend, or colleague to join you in rappelling down this 11-story, high-rise building. You’ll enjoy a terrific day while raising funds for a good cause. Sign up to rappel or donate at this website: eastersealsvt.org/overtheedge. Contact Easterseals VT for more information: Contact [email protected].

Photo: At the age of 16, Alycin joined Easterseals VT’s Youth Development Program (YDP). YDP supports teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care to adulthood by helping them identify their goals and create opportunities for them to achieve those goals. Courtesy photo.

Photo: At the age of 16, Alycin joined Easterseals VT’s Youth Development Program (YDP). YDP supports teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care to adulthood by helping them identify their goals and create opportunities for them to achieve those goals. Courtesy photo.