The Justice for Children Task Force identifies barriers in the child welfare system that may keep foster children in foster care for longer than necessary. The Task Force works to remove these barriers, and to increase the likelihood of children finding safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
About the Board
The Justice for Children Task Force brings together leaders from groups working to improve the lives of children in foster care. Together, Task Force members create solutions to remove barriers that keep children in foster care longer than necessary, getting the children into permanent, safe homes as quickly as possible. These solutions must also safeguard the legal rights of everyone involved.
The Task Force implements reforms and reports on its work. Recommendations are submitted to the Vermont Supreme Court when appropriate.
Honorable Paul L. Reiber
Supreme Court Chief Justice, Chair
Honorable Marilyn S. Skoglund
Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ret.)
Honorable Karen R. Carroll
Supreme Court Associate Justice
Honorable Thomas A. Zonay
Chief Superior Judge
Honorable Thomas J. Devine
Superior Court Judge
Honorable Eleanor Smith
Patricia Gabel, Esq.
State Court Administrator
Secretary, Agency of Human Services
Deputy Commissioner, DCF Family Services
Matthew F. Valerio
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
Juvenile Defender, Office of Defender General
Pamela A. Marsh
Juvenile Public Defender
Windham County Deputy State's Attorney
Chief of Trial Court Operations
Assistant Attorney General
Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
Maureen Martin, Esq.
Guardian ad Litem Program Manager
State Representative/Guardian ad Litem
Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber, Chair
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0701