Grace Children's Home, Inc.

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Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: P.O. Box 1365 Grantham NH 03753 USA

Mission: There is not a strong enough continuum of care for NH children in foster care and those at risk of entering foster care. 1,728 children are in NH foster care as of Jan 2007. Children who grow up in these environments are more likely to live in poverty, commit crime, be incarcerated, to perform poorly in school, to have more difficulty finding gainful employment, to have emotional and behavioral problems, to abuse drugs and alcohol and to commit suicide than are children in stable & loving homes. Many of those who grow up in foster care without sufficient support enter adult shelters when they turn 18 and many end up incarcerated. Cycles of despair must be broken as we now are in our 3rd generation of children growing up in foster care. Our recruitment and retention efforts must improve. Solutions must provide for community, faith based and government organizations working together. Two-thirds of New Hampshire?s foster families are members of the faith community. This astonishing fact continues to motivate the State to reach out their hands in partnership. With over 900+ Communities of Faith, even if only 25% of them responded in a small way, we would greatly improve the quality of life for children in NH?s foster care system. Grace Children?s Home was born in the midst of this transition and is positioned not only to care for children at its Springfield location, but also to help build this ?faith based partnership? throughout the state. Our Executive Director is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has been a leader in the faith community for over 25 years. He is widely known, and respected, across the state and is actively building this partnership, gaining the respect of both faith and state leaders. He was one of the keynote speakers at HHS Commissioner John Stephen?s roll out of his Strategic Plan for the NH HHS ? Faith Based Initiative on July 2, 2007. He will be the keynote speaker at this year?s Foster & Adoptive Parent Conference in October sponsored by the NH Department of Children, Youth & Families.

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