Helps families establish and enforce child support orders: establishes paternity; offers employment and support services for non-custodial parents who have difficulty making child support payments; and helps fund four court-based mediation programs to improve communication between parents with child support or visitation issues.
Assists families in the protection, development, permanency, and well-being of their children. DCYF staff provide a wide range of family-centered services with the goal of meeting a parent's and a child's needs and strengthening the family system. Services include adoption and foster care, domestic violence, child care, and teen independent living.
Administers programs and services for eligible NH residents providing financial, medical and food & nutritional assistance, help with child care costs, and emergency help to obtain and keep safe housing. DFA staff determines eligibility and the amounts of benefits using federal and NH guidelines and policies.
Provides a continuum of services to three groups of adolescents: Children In Need of Services (CHINS), students with educational disabilities in court ordered placements, and youth involved with law enforcement agencies. JJS also provides residential placements at the Youth Services Center.
Strives to provide a continuum of services for seniors in a home-like atmosphere with an emphasis on independence, dignity, rehabilitation, recovery and whenever possible, a return to the community.
Office of Minority Health works to ensure that all residents of New Hampshire have access to DHHS services and to improve the health of minorities.