Welcome to Franklin County Caring Communities

Welcome to your Caring Communities!

Check out our National Take-Back Day video, made in collaboration with our Teen Institute and Northwest Access TV. Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29, so gather up all those unused and expired medicines and “take ’em back.”


Guiding Good Choices ™ is starting May 8 at Berkshire Elementary School in Franklin Northeast and May 17 in St. Albans! Call 527-5049 for more information or to register or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGC2017 to register online.

Visit our facebook page (@FranklinCountyCaringCommunities) or our calendar to see what else is going on in the coming weeks.

Looking for information on Watershed Mentoring? Visit our page.

If you are looking for information on effective policies that support prevention, please download our document, Addressing Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse in Franklin County.

Is Vermont really ready for legalized marijuana? Check out this report on the impact of marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County.   We’re inviting parents to sign on to the following:Safe-Homes-Parent-Network-Color-Logo

  • I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
  • I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
  • I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.

Are you interested in joining the Safe Home Parent Network? Click here for more information and to complete the survey.

Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and aamother drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.

Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives.  Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or beth@fcccp.org for more information.

Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network., which is now available to all towns in Vermont.   Check it out and join the conversation.

Join us in promoting a safe, healthy, caring, and substance-free Franklin County that values all its members.  And, if you’d like to support Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring financially, you can now donate online! Please click on the button to the right to be taken to a secure donation website.

Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.










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Swanton Enhancement Project’s (SEP) Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont will be hosting a Community Forum on May 4th at MVU, 6:00-8:00 pm. The event will include a showing of the movie Resilience and a follow up panel discussion.

The movie RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE, “chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.” Its subject matter is relative to ACE’s, Adverse Childhood Experiences, a topic of great discussion around the nation.

“Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

SEP’s Task Force to Reduce Substance Abuse strives to make Swanton a hub of information for awareness, prevention and treatment of substance abuse. PLEASE participate in this great event…another step toward a positive future.

If you have questions, please contact Kathy.Lavoie2@myfairpoint.net or 802-782-1924.

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Monitoring the Future 2016

Check out the Monitoring the Future 2016 report on teen substance use. Nationally, the trends are positive – meaning less substance abuse, including lower rates of binge drinking, other illicit drug use, and tobacco use. The survey points out a significant disparity in cannabis use: higher rates of use among high school seniors in states with medical marijuana laws (38.3 percent) as compared to states without these laws (33.3 percent).

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Substance Abuse Prevention: Supporting Healthy Decisions During the Tween and Teens Years (and What to Do if You Spot Trouble)

Thursday, March 30, 6:15-8:00 pm at the Fairfax Community Library Library

Presenters:  Kayla Tatro & Mary Gratton, NCSS

This presentation will provide parents with information about common drugs of abuse and their prevalence in our community. Discussion on how to communicate with your children about substances, warning signs of abuse, and local resources will be included.


Register by calling the Library at 849-2420 or online by clicking the above link. On-site child care is available. Workshop and child care are free of charge. Supported by the Goldsmith Memorial Fund, BFA-PTSA, and The Fairfax Community Library Trustees.

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Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team (START)

STARTSTART is a collaborative effort of Franklin and Grand Isle law enforcement that aims to reduce underage substance use, especially alcohol use, through enforcement of underage drinking laws.

START conducts party patrols, compliance checks, and education of property owners and businesses regarding the minimum legal drinking age and laws and legal penalties for serving minors.



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Rocking Horse Circle of Support for moms affected by addiction


R U a mom coping with substance     abuse?

R U looking for support from other moms?

…what are you waiting for?

Join the Rocking Horse Circle of Support!

Some of the things that we’ll talk about…

  • Nurturing ourselves and our families
  • Taking a look at how substance abuse impacts our children and families
  • Improving family communication
  • Making health friendships and relationships
  • Enhancing parenting skills
  • Developing healthy habits and self-confidence

Can I bring my young children?

Yes! Childcare is provided on site. Please let us know in advance if you require childcare.

Will there be others there that have had substance abuse impact their life?

You bet, substance abuse impacts all of our lives whether we have issues with it ourselves, a partner, a family member, or a friend.

What does it cost?

There is no fee for this group plus refreshments and gifts are provided at each meeting!

When is it? How do I find out more?

CALL PAM at the HOWARD CENTER @ 524-7265 ex 3

To see the curriculum, click on Rocking Horse Curriculum Session Fall 2016 St Albans.
To download the registration form, click registration form 2016 copy


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