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Adults who aged out of Vt.'s foster care system call for access to their own records

a tall yellow metal shelf contains seemingly endless brown boxes of personal records stacked nearly to the ceiling of a tall warehouse
Howard Weiss-Tisman
Vermont Public
Rows and rows of boxes containing foster care placement records inside the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration in Middlesex.

Live call-in discussion: Adults who have aged out of Vermont's foster care are calling on the state to expand access to their own records when they were under state care. This hour, we talk with child advocates, a state archivist and the Department for Children and Families about the issue and the need for adults who spent time in the foster care system to access such records.

  • Nate Farnham, appointed by the Vermont Foster and Adoptive Family Association to the Oversight Commission on Children, Youths and Families
  • Tanya Marshall, state archivist and chief records officer
  • Mike, who was adopted by a Vermont family but, when the situation became abusive, went into foster care for nine years until he turned 18
  • Gillie Hopkins, permanency planning manager, Vermont Department of Children and Families

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
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