Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is joining with the rest of the country in celebrating National Foster Care Month. New Hampshire has celebrated this national event since its inception back in 1988.
“This is a time to honor all the families who are making a difference in the lives of children and youth in care,” said DCYF Director Maggie Bishop. “There are hundreds of New Hampshire parents who open their hearts and their homes. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to help those who need a temporary place to call home.”
In New Hampshire, there are currently more than 670 licensed foster homes who serve approximately 1000 children who need care each year. The average age of a child in care is 11 years old. Approximately 53% of the children being served will be reunified with their families. For children who are adopted from foster care, over 77% are adopted by their foster parents.
Celebrations for Foster Care Month are being held around the State and in local communities in an effort to thank those who have opened their homes and hearts. This year the statewide event is being held this Saturday, May 18th at the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield, which will include a number of events hosted by community and faith-based organizations.
DCYF is always interested in expanding its number of licensed foster homes to meet the diverse needs of the children and families it serves. For more information about fostering and/or adopting children in care visit: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/adoption/index.htm