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 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 who implement the program, supporting community-based providers who reinforce the program’s message, and spreading public awareness through media, social media and advertising campaigns.
Kinship Navigator Programs help link Grandparents and other relative caregivers, both inside and outside the formal child welfare system, to a broad range of services and supports that meet the needs of the children they are raising and themselves. They help caregivers navigate the services available to them by providing information, referrals to specialists, and eligibility requirements for certain benefits.
New Hampshire Children’s Trust knows that kinship caregivers have a unique set of needs and is working with statewide Family Resource Centers to develop Kinship Navigator positions throughout New Hampshire to support kinship caregivers.
We believe that all children can thrive in safe, stable and nurturing families and communities when families advocate for their children’s needs. You can make a difference.
When family members act as advocates their children do better. Educators, physicians, employers, and elected leaders want the best for you, your family and your community. They count on you to let them know what would be helpful. Expressing your needs is advocacy.