Our Training Topics Include:

  • Understanding the effects of parental incarceration on children, caregivers and families
  • Providing trauma-responsive and resilience-focused care based in neuroscience
  • ACEs, PACEs, epigenetics, and hope
  • Developing expertise in supporting children who experience parental incarceration
  • Using resources, books, and activities to address children’s complex needs and emotions
  • Examining the impacts of implicit bias and stigma
  • Answering children’s questions: considering language and why it matters
  • Safeguarding children when a parent is arrested
  • Visiting a parent in a correctional facility
  • Supporting a child’s relationship with their parent in prison
  • Creating personalized storybooks that offer reassurance and comfort

Participants’ Comments:

“I just want to express my gratitude for your work, in general, and particularly for the work you’ve done with me to help Vermont kin, foster, and adoptive caregivers better support children and families affected by parental incarceration.”

“The children’s stories are very touching and heartbreaking, but so real and I think makes the whole training so much more important for everyone no matter what job function they have.”

“This training was excellent. It was the highlight of the professional development that happened this year for our staff.” (Samantha Stevens, North Country Supervisory Union)

“This was a very moving, eye-opening training. I have acquired new skills to help going forward with the children and families we serve.”

“The in-person and virtual technical assistance has supported us to develop local systems that help increase resilience and support for children of incarcerated parents.”

“It’s been most useful to have a combination of resources to learn from and reference. Consultation opportunities with Tricia Long and Lida Lutton have been invaluable in terms of gaining better understanding of the resources themselves and growing insight into how to best utilize them in support of children and families affected by parental incarceration.” (Janine Beaudry, VT Child Welfare Training Partnership)


Follow-up evaluations of our trainings and technical assistance consistently demonstrate:

100% of training participants have taken steps to better support and/or remove barriers for children and caregivers impacted by parental incarceration.

100% of our training participants, and 100% of our community teams have reported being extremely satisfied with our work.