DHHS - DCYF Hosts 16th Annual Conference To Focus On Enhancing Child Welfare Outcomes

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) kicks off its 16th Annual Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua today. This year's conference entitled "Promoting Well-Being: Paving the Path to Connections" focuses on the elements necessary to ensure permanency, well-being and positive outcomes for children, youth and their families.

"This is an annual opportunity to highlight and recognize New Hampshire youth, as well as the staff that work so hard throughout the year to serve them," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. "Through this conference we can reinforce the importance of collaboration as we work together to serve the children and families of our State."

Keynote speaker Kevin Creeden, Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA will kick off the conference Thursday morning. Kevin will offer an overview on how neuro-developmental issues are evidenced in learning and behavioral problems. He'll also discuss how service providers, clinicians, and parents can begin to help these youth.

"This conference celebrates the partnership between DCYF and the community, and their joint commitment toward promoting the optimal social, emotional, and behavioral development of children," said DCYF Director Maggie Bishop.

The conference is an opportunity to celebrate the talents of New Hampshire youth. On Thursday night, their talents will be showcased through dance, music and visual arts in "New Hampshire's Brightest Stars'.

At noon on Friday Governor John Lynch will join Director Bishop for the annual awards luncheon that recognizes staff and community members for outstanding service to New Hampshire children and their families.

The conference begins at 8:30 on Thursday and Friday, May 1st and 2nd at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua.