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FAQs

What does the KidSafe Collaborative do? 

KidSafe works to improve our community-wide response to child abuse and neglect.  Read more on our What We Do page

Why haven't I heard of KidSafe?

All families have needs; some families’ needs are profound.  KidSafe supports families confronted by extreme stressors.  Our work regularly involves the criminal justice system, state agencies and child protective services – and much of our work is confidential.  Respect and discretion are core values.  Due to the sensitive nature of each case, KidSafe works quietly behind the scenes.  Among our partners in human services, KidSafe’s role in child protection is well known and valued. 

What about DCF? Isn’t child protection their responsibility?

Yes and no.  Vermont’s DCF, Family Services Division has a clear mandate to protect children but works within a relatively narrow set of definitions and procedures. 

In leading both of these teams, KidSafe:

...while ensuring that no child ‘falls through the cracks’.

What does KidSafe do on the state policy level?

KidSafe promotes systems change through the KidSafe Council and the Community Advisory Board.  Read more on our Systems Change page

Is KidSafe involved in the effort to report child abuse and neglect?

            Yes!  KidSafe....

Are there any other organizations doing the work that KidSafe does?

KidSafe is the one Chittenden County based agency whose primary focus is the improved community response to and prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Prevent Child Abuse VT – one of our partner agencies -- is a statewide organization which:

Safe Kids Vermont is led by the University of Vermont Medical Center/VT Children’s Hospital and  focuses on preventing unintentional injury.  The focus for KidSafe is on working together with many agencies to improve safety for children.   

How many children does KidSafe Collaborative help in a typical year?

KidSafe serves approximately 400 children and parents/caregivers per year -- in addition to the hundreds of professionals trained annually to report abuse and neglect.

How does that number compare to the scope of the problem?

In 2014, DCF accepted approximately 900 cases for intervention in Chittenden County.  That represents 36 classrooms filled with 25 children and youth – each.