February 7, 2017
Concord, NH – The critical shortage of foster families in New Hampshire to provide care for middle and high school youth is particularly acute for youth leaving facilities such as the Sununu Youth Services Center. The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) will host an event on February 8th to recruit community members interested in being a positive connection to an older youth in care through activity facilitation, mentoring or fostering.
DCYF is hosting the meeting from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm on Wednesday, February 8th at the Sununu Youth Services Chapel, 1056 North River Road, Manchester, NH. Potential new foster parents and mentors will learn more about foster care, mentoring and facilitating educational activities, hear a panel discussion with older youth who have benefitted from foster care, and watch a short film from Josh Shipp about how “One Caring Adult” can make a profound difference on the life of a teenager in foster care.
“Many of our youth committed to the Sununu Youth Services Center are unable to return home to their own families no matter how well they participate in programming and treatment,” said Robert Boisvert, Deputy Director of DCYF. “Their home or family is just not safe and they have few or no visiting resources and no adult outside of staff who can provide them with support and encouragement.”
The State of New Hampshire has a critical shortage of foster families to serve new children entering foster care. While DCYF is always recruiting new foster and adoptive applicants for children, there are never enough families for older, middle and high school youth. Youth leaving facilities need help build healthy adult connections, learn normal independent living skills and experience life in a nurturing family setting. Foster parents, mentors and those willing to facilitate educational activities with these youth offer vital support in their successful transition into young adulthood. Great coaches, teachers and other youth leaders in New Hampshire can make all the difference in the life of a young adult.
Fore more information, visit the DHHS Division for Children, Youth and Families webpage at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/index.htm.