NH DHHS Recognizes May as Foster Care Month

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is joining with

the rest of the country in celebrating the 23rd annual National Foster Care

Month. New Hampshire has celebrated this national event since its

inception back in 1988.

“This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about foster care,” said

DCYF Director Maggie Bishop, “and the hundreds of New Hampshire parents who

open their hearts and their homes to the children and youth of our State.

We want to thank them for their dedication and commitment to help those who

need a temporary place to call home.”

In New Hampshire, recent data shows there are approximately 700 children in

our state's foster care system and approximately 800 licensed foster homes

to help care for them. Nationally, there are over 424,000 children in

foster care, and only 170,000 licensed foster homes. While the total

number of children and youth in foster care has decreased through the

efforts of child welfare professionals, advocates and elected officials,

more help is needed.

The average age of a child in care is 11 years old. Approximately 53% of

the children being served will reunify with their families. For those

children who are adopted from foster care, most, or 77% of these children

are adopted by their foster parents.

In honor of Foster Care Month, celebrations are being held around New

Hampshire. A statewide event is being held May 14th at the Hampton Falls

Baptist Church in Manchester. Jellystone Campground in New Hampton will

also hold its annual camping weekend for foster families in early June.

There are also other events scheduled including ice cream socials, dinners,

picnics and even a trip to Storyland. A list of all activities can be

found at New Hampshire’s Foster and Adoptive Parent Association website:


To find out more about foster care and adoption in New Hampshire visit:

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/adoption/index.htm or call (603) 271-4711.