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Our History

New Hampshire Children’s Trust was founded in 1986 as the New Hampshire Children's Trust Fund (NHCTF), a quasi-governmental organization. The agency transitioned to the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in 2011. 


  • 1996 - NHCTF hired its first staff, a part time executive director, to raise funds and administer family support grants.
  • 1998 - Smith Award for Excellence in Service to Families.  This prestigious award was first presented in 1998 and was given out every other year until 2010 to one of New Hampshire’s leading non-profits.  
  • 2000 - Administrative support to Family Support New Hampshire.  This statewide coalition of community-based family resource centers and family support programs links local family programs with the latest research in the field and emerging practices across the country, and provides a network of peer support.
  • 2004 - Prevent Child Abuse America designated the NHCTF to be the state chapter of this national research and education organization, consolidating the voice for prevention in New Hampshire and providing access to national cause related marketing opportunities.  Each April the Governor declares April as Strengthening Families month and NHCTF coordinates statewide efforts to promote safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.
  • 2005 - Strengthening Families in Early Care and Education initiative designated by the Center for the Study of Social Policy to advance protective factors as the most effective way to build safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.
    • Strengthening Families: The Impact of New Hampshire Family Support Programs, an annual report highlighting the work of family support programs and the family support program outcomes data was first published.
  • 2007 - Strengthening Families in Community Libraries, an initiative that equipped 101 NH public libraries with a 12 DVD series and print brochures on parenting and child development.  We continue to replace lost or damaged DVDs and restock brochure racks.
    • Families are Primary, a program which helps parents build the skills necessary to stand up for what their families need so their children can reach their full potential and, helps agencies partner with parents by including them in meetings, classrooms, as volunteers and on their board of directors.
    • Unsung Hero Awards, an annual event which honors and recognizes parents and caregivers for being role models.  The New Hampshire Governor presents the awards in the Executive Council Chambers.
    • Parent Advocacy Day, an annual event which introduces parents and caregivers to the NH political system including a tour of the state house and legislative office building, and other empowering and educational events.
  • 2010 - New Hampshire Repeals RSA 169C-39 a-i and the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, Inc. (NHCT), an independent 501(C)(3), succeeds the NHCTF January 1, 2011.
  • 2011 - NHCT is selected as the capacity building agency for statewide implementation of evidence-based home visiting.
  • 2012 - Five-year strategic plan implementation begins. Logo, branding, website and Facebook page are redesigned to reflect the agency’s new priorities and commitment to eliminating child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children.