What We Do
Babies enter this world with promise. At New Hampshire Children’s Trust, we know that building communities that support families in this critical period of their lives gives babies the opportunity to grow and develop into happy, healthy and productive members of society.
Our strategies are deeply rooted in social ecology. We know that to end child abuse and neglect statewide, New Hampshire must invest in two generations- adults and children. To do this, we advocate for public policies that protect children, support institutions with family-friendly approaches, build communities that provide concrete supports to those in need, encourage families, friends, and neighbors to check in on loved ones, and give parents the tools and knowledge they need to build their capacities.
The good news is that child abuse is 100% preventable. The great news? The numbers prove it. Since the adoption of our strategic plan in 2012, we have seen a reduction in child maltreatment cases across New Hampshire. In 2013, the maltreatment of our most vulnerable bracket, infants and toddlers, decreased by 18%, and the data suggest that these instances will only continue to decline.
Prevention doesn’t stop there, though. Giving infants safer, healthier childhoods initiates a cycle of better parenting. By investing in that child, s/he will strive to be a better parent as well. With the support of New Hampshire philanthropists, policy makers, care providers, families, friends and citizens, we can eliminate child abuse in the Granite State. Join us in providing better outcomes for our children and protecting our future.
2016 ANNUAL REPORT:
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We lead the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating.
We envision a New Hampshire where all children grow up free from abuse and neglect.
Our Guiding Principles
NH Children's Trust LEADS.
Our Strategic Plan
We have adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood Framework with a public health lens to guide our steps in creating safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children in the Granite State. Our three goals have been developed with extensive input from New Hampshire constituents and partners, and are rooted in the best public health practices.
Defining Child Abuse and Neglect
New Hampshire Children’s Trust's definition of child abuse and neglect encompasses the Center for Disease Control (CDC) definition of Child Maltreatment