Being a board member of the NH Childrens Trust, has opened my eyes to the need of helping children and families in NH. This organization far exceeds expectations for nonprofits. They really are able to use every last resource available to reach as many families and children throughout the entire state. Their help with programs around the state make a huge impact to improving the community and welfare of children and families. Their goal to eliminate child abuse and neglect by developing and implementing strategies. The New Hampshire Children’s Trust (NHCT) is mandated as the Governor’s Designated Statewide Prevention Agency under CBCAP , as the New Hampshire Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), and as a member of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds (The Alliance). Founded in 1986 as the New Hampshire Children’s Trust Fund, a quasi-governmental organization, the agency transitioned to the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in 2011.
Last year close to 1000 children were victims of substantiated child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. Of particular concern, are the nearly 300 who were infants and toddlers. The long term consequences of such abuse are unacceptable. The New Hampshire Children’s Trust is committed to reducing the number of young victims to zero by reaching them early!
We are focusing our resources on this most vulnerable population with strategies designed to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and create a generation of children free from harm:
•Period of PURPLE Crying program in all maternity hospitals: educating parents about understanding and safely managing normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.
•Healthy Families America home visiting program: striving to provide expectant and new parents with the education and support they need.
•Strengthening Families Approach: building a family’s strengths, resilience and skills to prevent child abuse and neglect.
•Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention: training and support for Early Childhood Educators, Social Workers, Parent Educators and other child & family providers.
•Advocacy and public policy work around child abuse and neglect.
•State Leadership to coordinate a state child abuse and neglect prevention plan.