STRENGTHENING FAMILIES FRAMEWORK | Every family has its strengths, but all families can thrive when Protective Factors are fostered in their lives and communities. Parents play an important role in advocating for their children and improving their communities, and professionals who work with children and families can help get parents involved by engaging them in Protective Factors that strengthen their families and improve their children’s development.
New Hampshire has many family support programs and resource centers that work to help strengthen the State’s diverse families and communities. Many of these programs belong to a statewide network called Family Support New Hampshire.
The Kinship Navigation Program is community-based and designed to strengthen and support the wellbeing of kinship caregivers, children, and their families. The program is free, voluntary, and confidential and links kinship caregivers with state benefits, community resources, information and referrals, and offers supports such as food assistance, gas to get to appointments, school supplies, legal aid, additional financial assistance, and much more.
Placed in Family Resource Centers throughout the state, Kinship Navigators walk alongside caregivers and their families to ensure access to high-quality information, referral, and follow-up services that keep kinship families safe, strong, and successful.
The Period of PURPLE Crying is an educational program for parents on a developmental phase of increased infant crying. New Hampshire Children’s Trust leads the state's effort by providing technical assistance to hospitals that implement the program, supporting community-based providers who reinforce the program’s message and spreading public awareness through media, social media, and advertising campaigns.
The Children's Trust is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens. Our programs are informed by practices that enable children, families, and communities to thrive. Learn more about the initiatives that guide our work HERE.