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Family Reunification Program

PROGRAM NAME Family Reunification Program
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Family Reunification Program provides residential treatment services aimed at making safe and stable transitions “home.”  Whether re-unifying children and youth with their own or extended family or connecting them with other natural supports, our primary goal is to establish and/or support permanency (lifelong, stable connections) for every child in our care.
WHO WE SERVE The Family Reunification Program serves 6 children (ages 5-14) from anywhere in Vermont, who have significant behavioral or mental health needs.  Children referred to the Family Reunification Program are typically struggling to be safe and stable in their home and are in need of intensive therapeutic residential services.
WHERE WE PROVIDE SERVICES The Family Reunification Program is located at our 1138 Pine Street Campus in Burlington, though we provide therapeutic services wherever they are needed to support successful treatment and reunification.
WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE Children placed in the Family Reunification Program receive intensive residential treatment that includes:

  • Milieu treatment
  • Individual, group, and/or family therapy
  • Clinical case management
  • Outdoor adventure education
  • Individual clinical assessments
  • Supervised therapeutic visitations
  • Support reintegrating in their home and community
  • Discharge planning
  • Community Referrals

Our program is most effective when families are able to actively participate in the assessment and treatment process.

HOW SERVICES ARE FUNDED Residential Assessment services are funded through contracts with the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS).  There is no fee to parents or youth for participating in the services provided through our program.
HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS Referrals made to the Family Reunification Program are initially generated by the youth’s local team of service providers.  With either the Department for Children and Families (DCF) or the Department of Mental Health (DMH) taking the lead, a Coordinated Services Plan (CSP) is developed and a referral is made to the Case Review Committee (CRC) for authorization of placement. For more information or to make a referral contact the Family Reunification Program Coordinator, Rachel Gaston, at (802) 488-6756.
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