Coping with Grief and Loss
“Children are not supposed to die… Parents expect to see their children grow and mature. This is the natural course of life events, the life cycle continuing as it should. The loss of a child is the loss of innocence, the death of the most vulnerable and dependent. The death of a child signifies the loss of the future, of hopes and dreams, of new strength, and of perfection” (Arnold and Gemma 1994, iv,9,39).
In light of the recent tragedy, our community is grieving. The process of grief will be different for everyone, and we all need reassurance and support to understand. The Family Center is committed to serving our community through this difficult time by offering families, their children and providers with resources to assist the grieving process.
If you need support, please email our Child Care Resources expert at: [email protected] or call (802) 262-3292 ext 172
Here are some resources to help:
What We Do
Child development is a process that involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and tying shoes.
Positive youth development services engage young people in intentional, productive, and constructive ways, while recognizing and enhancing their strengths.
“One of the most impressive programs in Vermont funded under this Act is a program to identify youth at risk of being removed from their families, and address the underlying issues. The Strengthening Families Program helps families and children with open DCF cases by facilitating access to mental health resources, counseling, substance abuse treatment, housing, childcare and transportation. The program has already proven successful, reducing the number of children removed from 30 percent of all open DCF cases to 7 to 12 percent of all cases in just 18 months.” said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee and its most senior member, in announcing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 on July 23.
Strengthening Families is a program designed to assist families who have an open DCF case to decrease risk factors and prevent children from entering state custody. Historically – without Strengthening Families – 30% of children with open family support cases come into state custody. In the first 18 months, the Strengthening Families Sites experienced 7% to 12% of children with open cases coming into custody, a substantial increase for the safety of children.
Every year, Vermont saves $2,131,041 when each of Vermont’s 15 Parent Child Centers prevents:
- One woman from entering a correctional facility;
- One teen pregnancy.
- One child from needing foster care placement; and
- One mother and child from requiring public assistance.