CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire joins the country in celebrating the month of November as National Adoption Month. In honor of the 107 New Hampshire children adopted between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, and their forever families, the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) will celebrate National Adoption Month during an event at the State House at 2 p.m. on November 13.
“This month, we honor those families who have brought children in to their homes and into their hearts,” said DHHS Associate Commissioner Christine Tappan. “Adoption is an enormous commitment of time, energy, and resources, but it gives a child a lifetime of unconditional love and sense of belonging. It has the power to change the lives of everyone involved.”
Governor Christopher T. Sununu will deliver a proclamation on the importance of finding permanency for every child, including children awaiting adoption in New Hampshire. A resident will share her experiences as an adoptive parent. Also scheduled to speak are DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers, Associate Commissioner Tappan and DCYF Director Joseph E. Ribsam.
DCYF is proud to continue its partnership with WMUR-TV on the “Home at Last” segment that features children awaiting adoption so they can find permanent homes. In 2017, the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation bestowed “Home at Last” with top television honors in the Service to Children award category.
Each November, National Adoption Month brings awareness to the needs of children and youth waiting for a “forever family.” Children without any family ties lack the foundational support and compass all youth need as they mature into adulthood. Nationally, more than 23,000 children age out of the foster care system each year with no established family ties. DCYF continues to seek forever homes for approximately 25 children in New Hampshire awaiting adoption. For more information on adoption resources, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/adoption/index.htm.
A Celebration of NH’s Adoptive Families
Hosted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services’
Division for Children, Youth and Families
Monday, November 13, 2017
Executive Council Chambers
NH State House