This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of Eileen Mullen, who passed away in August.
Eileen was an enthusiastic and passionate advocate for children throughout her 38-year career with DHHS. She began as a CPSW, where she quickly realized the impact she could have on children and families and focused her career around child advocacy. Eileen spent the past 20 years as Administrator of the Bureau of Community and Family Support. In this role, she oversaw foster care and adoption services and helped establish post-adoption and adoption search services to ensure children leaving the state system would always have access to ongoing support.
Eileen helped create New Hampshire Chronicle’s Home at Last segment featuring adoption eligible children, in partnership with DCYF and WMUR. She was awarded the rst 9 Loves Award from WMUR this past March in recognition of her life’s work.
Four years ago, Eileen was instrumental in obtaining the first grant from Wendy’s Corporation fast-food franchises in support of NHFAPA. Those annual donations continue to sustain the association and children in care today.
More recently, Eileen worked with the Adoptive Families for Children Foundation (AFFC), as well as her colleagues at DCYF, to help create the Granite State Adoption Resource Exchange (GSARE). Set to be unveiled in the fall of 2018, the GSARE will be a NH-centric clearinghouse providing information about NH children who are free for adoption and other resources to prospective adoptive parents.
In recognition of her tireless work on behalf of adoptees, Eileen was recognized as Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s 2018 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Honoree. This national award is in recognition of Eileen’s extraordinary contribution onbehalf of children in need of families.
Eileen was an advocate for NH infants and their families as well. She served on numerous committees and boards in service to developing standards, policies, and practices in support of children. In February, Eileen was awarded the NH Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Award in recognition of her many contributions to that field.
Eileen will be remembered by her family and friends as a courageous, warm, compassionate, loving, and giving person. Her light will continue to shine in the hearts of all who knew her.
The annual NH FAPA Conference to be held on Saturday, October 13 at Plymouth State University will be dedicated to Eileen’s memory.
Her work will continue to benefit our Association, its member families, and the children we care for, both now and in the future.