Kathryn A. Piper, PhD, JD, MEd is an attorney who represented children and parents in child protection proceedings for twenty years. She was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in 2012.


Throughout her career Kathryn was active in statewide efforts to reform juvenile law in Vermont. She was appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court to serve on the Permanency Planning Implementation Committee from 1997-2005, the Chapter 55 Rewrite Committee from 2007-2009 and the Justice for Children Task Force from 2008-2011. Kathryn is the author and co-author of several articles published in the Vermont Bar Journal on juvenile law including “Ethical Issues in the Legal Representation of Children: Client Autonomy or Child Protection?” and “The Practical Implications of the Newly Enacted Vermont Juvenile Judicial Proceedings Act.” She has presented numerous trainings for attorneys and Guardians ad Litem in Vermont on topics relating to child protection.


Kathryn received her doctorate from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University in 2016. The title of her dissertation was “Differential Response in Child Protection Services: A Comparison of Implementation and Child Safety Outcomes.” In 2016 she wrote an article for the APSAC Advisor entitled “Differential response: How much is too much?” which summarized some of the significant findings and recommendations drawn from her research on differential response.




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