Each child who comes into foster care is assigned a Child Protective Service Worker (CPSW) or Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer (JPPO) from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). It is this caseworker's responsibility to visit the foster home at least once a month and to maintain regular contact with the foster parents. The caseworker coordinates services for the child and is responsible for reporting the progress of the reunification plan to the Court. Foster parents also have a Resource Worker in their local DHHS District Office to assist with any questions that may arise. The Resource Worker is responsible for ensuring that the foster home has met all necessary qualifications for licensing.
Support Services for Foster Parents include:
- Child Care
- Respite Care for the child(ren)
- WIC Nutrition Program when caring for children under age 5
- Foster Parent Liability Insurance
- Community & Faith Based Initiative through Bethany Christian Services
Children in foster care are eligible to receive a wide range of support services, including:
- Medicaid insurance and medical support
- Educational Supports
- Preparation for Adult Independent Living
For details about additional local and statewide supports, go to the NH Foster and Adoptive Parent Association site. You will find:
- Statewide association
- Support groups in your area
- Newsletter for foster and adoptive parents
- Upcoming conferences
- FIRST - First Initial Response and Support Team
DCYF recognizes the benefit of providing foster parents with ongoing quality training. The Division has a contract with Granite State College, which is a part of the University System of New Hampshire that enables foster parents to attend classes that are specifically designed for them. These classes are held throughout the State on a regular basis and are offered free of charge.
Foster parents also obtain training from attending monthly support groups that are held in most District Office areas, and from attending events designed to bring foster parents together. The FAN (Foster and Adoptive Newsletter) is a good source of information that keeps foster parents aware of local and state foster care happenings. Education can give you tools to be a more successful foster parent. Foster parents need to accrue training hours to maintain their license.