MANCHESTER, NH – Last week the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary came to NH to announce that Manchester will be receiving $175,000 in federal funding for mental health and opioid abuse services. FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents, is bringing awareness to the need for mandatory drug testing for substance abusing parents in child abuse and neglect cases through Manchester DCYF & LADC.
The removal of NH children from substance abuse environments has risen 387 percent in the past 7 years! Yes- that statistic is real- 387 percent.
Why is the state resistant to drug testing parents who have had their children removed by DCYF?
NH foster children are at risk b/c of the opioid crisis in our state. NH ranks in the top 5 states in the U.S. for the highest substance misuse and addiction and 2nd highest in the U.S. for drug related deaths! More and more children are languishing in foster care b/c of this epidemic. We can all be advocatets for promoting the improvements needed in our state’s child welfare system.
Did you know that NH children are being returned to addicted parents who haven’t even been drug tested & have not demonstrated successful rehabilitation?
If you are a foster parent, know a foster parent or want to become a foster parent, go to www.fosteringchangenh.org to learn more. Spread the word to help foster change! Or go here to learn more about parental drug use and how it affects child abuse and neglect cases with DCYF: https://www.fosteringchangenh.org/parental-drug-use-and-court-orders
Do you live in Manchester or know someone who lives or works in Manchester? Please share this message! Follow us on the FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents Facebook page to watch as we continue to grow our grassroots organization, influence our state legislature and make change for children and families in NH: https://www.facebook.com/FOSTERING-CHANGE-Alliance-for-NH-Foster-Parents-464747970573643/
Ever thought of fostering? Doing short-term (respite) care to help foster families in NH? The ISO (Individual Services Option) foster care agency is having an information night on November 2 from 5-7 p.m. in Manchester, “It Takes a Village.” There will be some foster families there and various staff to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. This is a no-pressure event open to anyone in NH! Register at the link below!