Survey about Foster Parent Rights Helps Endorse Legislators who Support Foster Care Reform




The Alliance is campaigning to endorse the Senators and State Representatives

who supported the passage of our foster care laws (see 170-E:51 & 52 below) to ensure that we have continued support at the State House. We need your input!

Your feedback is extremely valuable. Please take just 5 min. to support our efforts to re-elect supportive legislators and improve communication and collaboration in foster care!

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Survey results are captured anonymously unless you choose to share your name at the end. Thank you for your commitment to foster care and for bringing hope to the at-risk children and families of NH.

HURRY! Survey ends Oct. 30th!


NH foster parents & relative caregivers ~  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!



NH LAW: An ACT relative to collaboration between the department of health and human services and foster parents.

170-E:51 Collaboration Between the Department of Health and Human Services and Foster Parents.  The general court finds that foster parents providing care for children who are in the custody of the department of health and human services play an integral, indispensable, and vital role in the department's effort to care for dependent children displaced from their homes.  The general court further finds that it is in the best interest of the department of health and human services to acknowledge foster parents as active and participating members of this system and to support them through the following foster parent rights, as primary caregivers for children in the care and custody of the state of New Hampshire.

170-E:52  Foster Parents.  When a child is placed in a foster home pursuant to a juvenile court order:

I.  The foster parent shall be treated with consideration and respect.

II.  The department of health and human services shall consult with the foster parent prior to the release of the foster parent's address, phone number, or other personally identifying information to the child's parent or guardian.

III.  The department of health and human services shall make a representative of the department available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the purpose of aiding the foster parent in caring for the acute needs of the foster child.

IV.  The foster parent shall be given timely notice of scheduled meetings and appointments involving the foster child.  The foster parent shall:

(a)  Be provided with a written copy of information pertinent to the care of the child.

(b)  Receive reasonable notice of any changes to the case plan as related to the child.

(c)  Be apprised of the number of times the child has moved from one foster home to another and, as appropriate, the reasons therefor, as related to the child.

(d)  Have the ability to request a team meeting to address concerns specific to the child.

V.  The foster parent shall be given reasonable notice of any plan to remove a child from the foster home.  The notice shall include the reason for the change or termination in placement, provided there is no concern for the safety and welfare of the child.

VI.  Pursuant to RSA 169-C:14, the foster parent shall receive notice of all court proceedings, may submit written reports, and, at the court's discretion, may attend such hearings and provide oral reports of the child's behavior, progress, and developmental, educational, and healthcare needs.

Approved: June 25, 2018

Effective Date: August 24, 2018

General Disclaimer: Thank you for visiting the FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents website. The information on this site is for personal and educational purposes only. Our organization disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the usage or the content of our website or any suggestions from an Alliance representative. Please be sure to double check any referenced laws, rules or regulations as they may have been revised or eliminated. The Child Protection Act RSA 169-C mandates that any person who has reason to suspect that a child is being  abused, neglected, maltreated or exploited must make a report to the proper authorities.  All citizens in the state of NH are mandated as reporters for 169-C , therefore let it be known that  any information that is shared with an Alliance representative, which must be reported within the context of the law in accordance with 169-C, will be reported. If you know a child at risk, please call 9-1-1 and/or the DCYF Central Intake Hotline immediately at: 1-800-894-5533. 

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