My Voice Matters: Parent Voices

Think about the future

Hearing him talk about his love of the Dallas Cowboys, Boston Red Sox and daughter, Anthony Accardi sounds like a typical father. But Anthony is not a typical father – he’s actually an inmate at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord.

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From "a" to "A"

Amanda Morin is a professional in child advocacy. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher and then became an early intervention specialist. If anyone was equipped with the skills and knowledge to raise children with special needs, it was Amanda. But when she had her own children, she said the transition from professional to parent wasn’t easy.

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Being the voice

In 2012, New Hampshire legislators passed SB 348, Parker’s Law, adding the pulse oximetry test to the medical screenings required for newborns, thanks to Casey Bolton, the perseverant mother of one amazing little boy named Parker.

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The squeaky wheel gets the oil

Twenty-four years, seven children, four adoptions, dozens of IEP meetings and countless doctor’s appointments later, it’s safe to say that Mark and Catherine Meister have plenty of experience speaking up for their children. In fact, advocacy has become so engrained in their lives that it comes naturally.

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Advocacy 101

Children’s first and most important teachers are their parents, and that’s why NH Children’s Trust is working to empower parents to advocate for their children’s and families’ needs. Becoming an advocate might sound scary, but it’s really about parents using their voices for their children – something many people already do every single day.

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