• "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

Health Services

Kurn Hattin's Health Services focuses on preventive care and health education. Our nursing staff provides care for common illnesses and injuries in the campus infirmary. A child's family continues to be responsible for regular physicals, eye and dental exams and immunizations.

Health education plays an important role in helping the children to understand the importance of staying healthy, happy, and respectful of their bodies. Program topics include nutrition, hygiene, fitness, injury prevention, as well as the “Think it Over Baby Program” for 8th-graders. These educational topics are invaluable to the future health and safety of the children. Other programs are included as appropriate and available. Please contact the Director of Health Services at (802) 721-6956, with any questions.

The Kurn Hattin Counseling Center

A Place to Relax, Learn and Grow
The Counseling Center at Kurn Hattin Homes provides mental health support and resources to students and their families. We also provide guidance to Kurn Hattin staff who are working with students. There is a lending library with information and guidance on a variety of topics, including parenting, dealing with anxiety, child development, and learning differences. Counselors are available to meet with parents and families, whether to check in or to provide guidance on specific concerns or questions. The counseling center offers one-to-one counseling sessions as well as therapeutic group support for topics such as dealing with grief, peer relationships, and managing anger.

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Do all students receive counseling?

Yes, each child is assigned an individual counselor who meets regularly on a one-to-one basis with every child. The frequency of the sessions varies and is dependent upon the child's needs and other factors.

What do the counselors do?

Counselors take the time to get to know each child personally—their backgrounds, interests, strengths, and challenges—in order to help them manage stress, deal with transitions, and improve relationships with others. Counselors are professionally trained to provide support for specific mental health needs such as depression, anxiety and ADHD. Our staff works closely with residential, nursing, and academic staff on campus in order to help meet your child’s individual needs.

What are counseling sessions like?

These one-to-one meetings provide time for your child to relax and feel listened to. Children may talk about feelings, express worries or concerns, and ask questions. Counselors listen, understand and help children develop skills and strategies for handling problems. In addition, the Counseling Center offers organized group support meetings on topics such as managing emotions and stress, mindfulness, and social skills.

What can I do if I am concerned about my child?

Please feel free to call or schedule a visit with your child’s counselor, whether just to check in or to discuss specific questions or concerns you may have. If you need contact information for a specific counselor, please call the Director of Counseling at (802) 721-6955.

How can my child’s counselor help my family?

Counselors can answer your questions, offer useful ideas for parenting and strategies for better communication, and help your family take steps toward stability and healthier relationships.

We can also help connect you with resources for needs such as doctors or psychologists, transportation to and from Kurn Hattin, food, physical safety, and dealing with substance abuse.