Concord, NH – New Hampshire Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas and DHHS staff, joined with Governor Maggie Hassan Wednesday afternoon for a Statehouse ceremony recognizing New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families. The event, during National Adoption Awareness Month celebrates the 110 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2012 and September 2013.
“Child welfare agencies across the country and here in our State are relying on relative care placements and adoptions as a way to increase permanency for children in out of home care.” said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas. “I want to personally thank all of our families for their unwavering commitment and support of the children and families that need us most.”
During the celebration Commissioner Toumpas announced a newly formed collaboration with WMUR-TV that will involve featuring NH’s Waiting Children in a regular segment on NH Chronicle. The segment, entitled “Home at Last” will begin airing on NH Chronicle in early 2014. “We’re really excited to be working with WMUR on this effort,” said DYCF Director Maggie Bishop. “We see this as an opportunity to help NH’s waiting children in need of a permanent placement find a ‘forever family.’ We hope this is one more way for us to find and engage relatives and other potential resources for children.”
This year’s theme for NH’s Adoption Celebration is the focus on relative adoptions. DCYF has increased the number of children who have been placed with or adopted by relatives. DCYF is committed to services and supports for families throughout the adoption and post adoption process.
Carol Boudreau of Nashua, the guest speaker adopted her granddaughter and spoke about the adoption journey.