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New Hampshire Honors May as Foster Care Month
DCYF Encourages All Citizens to Thank Foster Parents in New Hampshire for Their Service and to Consider Becoming Foster Parents
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Division for Children Youth and Families
Publish Date:
May 10, 2016

Concord, NH - May is Foster Care Month, a time to express gratitude to foster parents in our State for the care and compassion they provide to children in need. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), it’s also a good time for individuals to think about making a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent.

While an average of 1,000 children in New Hampshire enter care each year, only 600 foster homes in the State are currently licensed to care. Most of these homes are already at capacity. Children can come into care from newborn to 18 years old, with a higher percentage being either under 4 years old or over 12 years old. “We have a critical shortage of licensed foster homes to accommodate the need,” said DCYF Administrator Eileen Mullen. “We need new families available in every area of the State because we want to allow children in care to continue in their own school setting, maintain their connections, and increase the ability for them to visit with their family.” While reunification with the family is always the goal, that is not always possible. For those children who are adopted from foster care, over 75% are adopted by their foster parents.

"The drug epidemic in our State has increased the need for emergency foster care and we need new foster families to answer this demand,” says Kathleen Companion, DCYF Foster Care Manager. “We need families of all levels of experience for all ages and abilities of children. A foster parent can be married, partnered, or single. They can own or rent their home. They can have their own children or be new to parenting.”

DCYF and its partner agencies are working together to recruit foster homes throughout New Hampshire. Often one of the obstacles to fostering is the fear of what it takes to become a foster parent. DCYF and eight other child placing agencies in the State are available to provide a clear and comprehensive roadmap to becoming a foster parent, along with training, resources, and support for foster families.

DCYF encourages everyone to recognize the valuable and heroic work of New Hampshire’s foster parents. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster parent, now is a great time to gather more information. Foster parenting classes will be starting this summer. Call 271-4711 or visit the DHHS website at

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