Welcome to Franklin County Caring Communities

Welcome to your Caring Communities!

Coming up March 30 – parenting class at Fairfax library. Click here for more information.

We are proud to recognize Sandra Brauer as the recipient of our Positive Prevention Champion – lifetime achievement award. Sandra is retiring from her position as student assistance professional position at Enosburg Falls Middle/High School. We will miss her, but are grateful for the groundwork she has laid for continued prevention work at EFMHS and throughout the FNESU. Congratulations, Sandra!

Also receiving the Positive Prevention Champion award is Sandy Kilburn of Swanton. Sandy has been a tireless advocate for safe and healthy youth and families. She’s an active member of the Swanton Enhancement Project and was instrumental in bringing NOTCH summer camp to Swanton in 2016.

Finally, we recognize Swanton as a Positive Prevention Champion, working toward a vibrant, inclusive, safe, and healthy community that values all its members.


Postponed to March: Guiding Good Choices ™ in  Richford! Call 527-5049 for more information or to register or visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGC2017 to register online.

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).

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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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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Guiding Good Choices™ works!

How can you improve parenting skills, help families become closer, and guide young people away from drug use and other problem behaviors?

Guiding Good Choices™ is the premier, research-based drug-prevention program for parents of children ages 9-14. This nationally recognized, proven-effective program gives parents the skills they need to help reduce or prevent substance abuse and other problem behaviors in their children — all in just five 2-hour workshops.

For a free online preview including an introductory video and pages from the Workshop Leader’s Guide (in English and Spanish) and Family Guide (in English and Spanish), go to:

Franklin County Caring Communities offers Guiding Good Choices™. Click here to register for upcoming classes in different locations or contact us at 527-5049 for more information.

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Green Up Day gives insight into substance use behavior

Green Up Day: We’re committed to a healthy and clean environment, inside and out! In addition to cleaning up refuse from our highways and by-ways, Green Up Day is a great opportunity to get a snapshot of what’s going on with high-risk alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in our communities.

How it works: We hope you can help us collect information about the number of alcohol containers, tobacco products, and other drug paraphernalia you collect or observe while cleaning up. Please print out our attached Green up day alcohol tally sheet to help keep track. You can return information to us through your local organizers or directly via email, fax, or the US Postal Service.

Caution: Ask your community organizers what the protocol is for handling illegal drug paraphernalia. In general, if you see needles, baggies with powdery residue, or suspicious-looking bottles that could be methamphetamine containers, we advise you not to pick them up but make a note and notify your town organizers so they can have these items collected safely.

What we do with the information: Alcohol and other drug containers on the roadways may mean that people are drinking and driving, or that teens are consuming alcohol or using drugs during “mobile” parties. That’s extremely high-risk use and puts the user, his or her passengers, other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in danger. We share the information with your town officials and our partners in law enforcement and encourage attention to high-traffic areas. We also use the information to raise awareness among the public. It’s very helpful to be able to say that 100 beer cans or bottles were found on a stretch of road—possibly 100 instances of unsafe driving that could be averted by a combination of parental supervision, public education, compliance checks, local policies and ordinances that address furnishing alcohol to minors, and road patrols.

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