KidSafe – Board of Directors

Organization:
KidSafe Collaborative
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Organization Description
KidSafe Collaborative is a partnership of agencies, organizations and individuals working together to prevent and address child abuse and neglect in our community. We are the only independent Chittenden County, Vermont agency focused solely on keeping our community working together to prevent and address child abuse and neglect. KidSafe’s mission is: to engage community groups, individuals and agencies to work together to improve our community’s prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect. KidSafe Collaborative grew out of a grassroots process when social workers and other human services providers realized they could be of greater service to families in need of support if they were able to share information about their clients – both children and adults. From this beginning – the first ‘child protection team’ meetings at the former Mary Fletcher Hospital in 1969 – grew long-term agency commitments to collaborate and work as a community to address and prevent child abuse and neglect. Evolving and expanding through incorporation as the Community Network for Children, Youth and Families in 1986, a major federal grant in 1998, and a range of added projects and activities, KidSafe has become the recognized leader of a unique collaborative process.
Organization's Approach to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion

We at KidSafe Collaborative are deeply committed to ensuring that we confront and address the systemic problems and inequities. KidSafe is a partnership organization comprised of community-based agencies, local and state governmental agencies, individuals and businesses. Together, we share a commitment to improving the health, safety, and well-being of children, youth, and families. We can't stop there, though, and we must look deeper: at ourselves, our community partners, and the systems that impact children and families.

We are committed to listening, learning, and taking action to end systemic racism whether in child welfare, law enforcement, health care, education, etc. The KidSafe Collaborative Board of Directors has established a DEI Committee, which meets monthly to discuss and review KidSafe Collaborative policies and practices along with issues we are seeing within the child welfare system in our county and state. KidSafe Collaborative staff
has committed to bringing a DEI lens to all work and meetings with our partners in the community, listening to and elevating the voices of those who have been continually marginalized in the systems we work within. We have made updates to many of our forms and procedures to make them more inclusive and accessible. We have dedicated time at each of our Board meetings for DEIB topics. We consistently work to recruit and retain a diverse group of Board and staff members.

Board Terms and Term Limits
2 year term
Frequency & Duration of Board Meetings
Once per month for 1.5 hours
Stipends for Board Membership
not at this time
If Interested, Send Letter of Interest to the Following Point of Contact:
Meghan Masterson
Point of Contact Email
meghanm@kidsafevt.org