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  • Fire displaces family of five, social connections protect them

    "Suspicious early morning fire consumes Cheshire home displacing family of five and killing their two dogs" 

    This was a newspaper headline in January 1981 and that was my home.  I was a freshman in high school in the midst of mid-term finals.  I grew up in that house, the eldest of three girls in an intact family, in a middle-class neighborhood. 

  • Group of MOMS pick up pieces for new parent

    There I was, home from the hospital, with a 4-day-old baby boy - my first child. I was 40-years-old, unemployed after over 20 years working full-time, and holding a wailing infant. The phrase, “Now what do I do,” echoed in my thoughts. Not only had my focus changed dramatically from myself to the well-being of my child, but I felt exhausted and in over my head.

  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Every parent wants what’s best for their child, but being a parent is not easy. What other job offers spit-up, goopy noses, dirty diapers, and sometimes endless crying? And it’s 24 hours, 7 days a week. It’s a wonder more parents or babysitters don’t do something they wish they hadn’t.

  • Finding the Help You Need

    When my third child was born she had many complications. She was rushed to Boston Childrens Hospital and stayed there while I was still recovering at the Elliot Hospital.

  • How Protective Factors eased a mother during child's health crisis

    "We called her pediatrician — they told us it was probably a bug, not to bother bringing her in and that she should be back to herself in 24 to 48 hours. Twenty-four hours later she was passed out, curled up in a fetal position on the bedroom floor, and panting."

  • Choosing a babysitter? 5 things that matter…

    I was 13 when I landed my first - and last - babysitting job.  I was woefully unprepared.  As the youngest in my extended family, I knew next to nothing about infants and toddlers.  The parents assumed I was a pro and waltzed out the door with a cheery wave as soon as I arrived.  Their 2-year old child survived my care, but it was not a happy six hours for either one of us. 

  • How to Stop Child Abuse in a Public Place

    It can be very uncomfortable to watch the mistreatment of a child by an adult out of control. Fortunately, there are a few strength-based things you can do to help ease a stressful situation.

  • When I grow up...

    All throughout my life I have wanted to help people in some way. I have dreamt of owning my own business - maybe opening a daycare, a coffee shop for at risk teens, a half-way house. I've even seriously considered adopting all the unwanted kids in the world. Big dreams, I know.

  • A last word from Board Chair Dr. Peirce Hunter

    On an average day in 2005, I answered the phone to a pediatrician friend asking if I would be the Governor’s Representative to New Hampshire Children’s Trust Fund (NHCTF), the former name of NH Children's Trust. 

  • MISS AMERICA MALLORY HAGAN: An advocate for child abuse prevention

    Imagine a family stressor of tragic sexual abuse – causing turmoil, depression, and post traumatic stress for years, and many to come. But, finally, you feel comfortable enough talking about it, discussing and healing with family. So much that you decide to take action – to really do something about it.