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History

Easterseals Vermont is a non-profit formed in 1985 by Vermont residents who identified gaps in services in our local communities. While we are proud to carry the name Easterseals, which has a 100-year tradition of providing quality services for children with disabilities or special needs, Easterseals Vermont runs independently. Our mission and services, as well as all financials including fundraising, are determined and managed at the local level. We rely on state and local funding, as well as the generosity of individual donors and businesses, to ensure the unique services of Easterseals VT are accessible to the more than 1,815 Vermont residents who receive assistance annually.

The variety of programs and services we offer is shaped by our on-going commitment to identifying gaps in services and securing family-centered solutions for challenges parents and children face. We work collaboratively with families and teams that are pursuing healthy attachments, trauma repair, quality mental health treatment, and permanency for children connected to the Department for Children and Families. Our ongoing objective is to help build a strong future for Vermont children by assisting families with their needs as they learn and grow together.

A comprehensive list of programs includes:

  • Child and Family Support: Family Time Coaching, Family Time Coordination, Care Coordination, Family Safety Planning, Family Finds, Transportation, Family Treatment Court, and Case Reviews.
  • Post-Permanency Services: Supports to families formed by adoption or guardianship that include in-home adjusted parenting education, consultation to treatment and school teams, and community resource referrals.
  • Intensive Family Based Services: Providing support to children and their families facing challenges that threaten their stability and safety at home and in their community by way of clinically guided assessments, case management, facilitating community connections, Family Safety Planning, and therapeutic services.
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy: Evidence-based treatment for children ages 0-6 who have experienced a traumatic event. We have four nationally rostered clinicians who have served numerous child welfare involved families.
  • Balanced & Restorative Justice: We enhance youth focused restorative justice by creating a learning environment, identifying youth’s skills and resource gaps, and supporting youth to become productive and invested members of their community.
  • Youth Development Program: Promoting independence for youth who are transitioning out of foster care to adulthood by helping youth identify their goals for the future and offering assistance and sometimes funding, to overcome barriers to having these goals become reality.
  • Prevention & Stabilization Services for Youth & Families (PSSYF) assists at-risk youth ages 12 to 23 and their families with supports toward developing well-being, education and employment, healthy and safe relationships, permanent connections, and stable living environments as they transition to adulthood.

Easterseals prides itself on being able to effectively partner with Department of Children and Families, designated mental health agencies, schools, and agencies like ours that commit to supporting families. We work hard to cultivate and maintain these solid relationships within the districts we currently serve so that our work can have a greater impact for parents and children.

Through the aforementioned programs, last year alone, Easterseals Vermont was able to serve 1,815 individuals and provide $174,000 in free or reduced-price services. The need for these programs is ever present. We fully recognize the complex hardships many Vermont residents face, including our current clients. Our priority is to support children who have been exposed to trauma in order to manage the adverse effects, minimize preventable health problems and promote healthy child development. In assisting parents whose children are in state’s custody, we seek to establish effective parenting skills and to support permanency.

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