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.


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  • Our Mission

    To lead New Hampshire's drive to eliminate child abuse and neglect

  • Our Vision

    Every child will thrive in safe, stable, and nurturing families and communities.

  • Our Guiding Principles

    Four over-arching principles: Leadership; Collaboration and Lasting Change; Diversity and Respect; and Stewardship.

  • Our Strategic Plan

    We have a five-year strategic plan focusing on eliminating child abuse and neglect in the most vulnerable population - children under age three.  The strategic plan has six overarching goals with specific objectives.  Each employee is responsible for implementing a workplan to support progress on the strategic plan.  As part of the continuous quality improvement process, employees review outputs and outcomes monthly and report on high level dashboard measures to the board of directors at least semi-annually.

  • Defining Child Abuse and Neglect

    The New Hampshire Children’s Trust definition of child abuse and neglect encompasses the Center for Disease Control (CDC) definition of Child Maltreatment


Funded in part by:

Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation

What we do:

Mission: To lead the drive to eliminate child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire

Vision: Every child will thrive in a safe, stable and nurturing family and community.