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Navigating the Court & Legal System

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Foster parents must accept the responsibility for understanding and exercising their rights. It's very important that you become familiar with federal laws, NH laws and that you increase your knowledge of what to expect from DCYF, the CASA /GAL, the courts, and collateral agencies on an abuse/neglect case.

NH Court Improvement Project: Revised April 2012 and 2018. These Protocols suggest an interpretation of the law. They do not create substantive rights that do not currently exist and should not be considered as superseding any constitutional or statutory rights of parties to abuse and neglect proceedings.

The laws in NH currently provide very little opportunities for foster parents to advocate for foster children. For instance, most NH Administrative Rules focus on licensure and does note include ways to effectively voice concerns or participate as a member of the team. Click on each chapter below to learn more about CHAPTER He-C 6400 the CHAPTER 169-C Child Protection Act or the CHAPTER 170-C Termination of Parental Rights.

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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