First Initial Response Support Team
We’re here to help foster parents.
An Incredible Journey – a Resource Guide to Assist Families
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a wide variety of information, resources, and supports on developmental, medical, policy and other topics impacting children and families.
Child Development Institute
This site offers information on the developmental stages of children birth-age18. This site also offers great tips and ideas on developmentally appropriate activities to help children reach their fullest potential.
DCYF (Department of Children, Youth & Families)
The Division for Children, Youth and Families manages protective programs on behalf of New Hampshire’s children, youth and their families. DCYF staff provide a wide range of family-centered services with the goal of meeting a parent’s and a child’s needs and strengthening the family system. Services are designed to support families and children in their own homes and communities whenever possible.
DCYF Emergency Phone:
800-894-5533 (in NH)
603-271-6562 (out of state)
Intake lines are staffed 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.
If this is an emergency, please dial 911.
DCYF – Foster and Adoption Information
Includes .pdf FORMS relevant to foster parents!
DCYF – Young Adult Resource Guide
Division for Juvenile Justice Services
DJJS is responsible for providing supervision and rehabilitative services to youth adjudicated under state law as delinquent or as children in need of services (CHINS). DJJS provides supervision, case management, and an array of rehabilitative services through its staff of Juvenile Probation and Parole Officers (JPPOs) and a network of community-based providers who are licensed and/or certified by DHHS.
Granite State College – Education and Training Partnership
The NH Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has contracted with Granite State College to provide education and training to foster and adoptive parents, childcare staff of NH residential facilities, non-licensed relative caregivers and DCYF staff.
DCYF and Granite State College through the Education and Training Partnership (E&TP) offer three caregiver training programs, each having different eligibility requirements.
- Foster and Adoptive Care EssentialS: (FACES) FACES is offered to individuals interested in providing foster/adoptive care and also to relative caregivers. It consists of a minimum of 21 hours of training that promotes a better understanding of the foster care system and working with children and families. This training assists in preparing people to be skilled caregivers and professional team members. Modules are primarily instructed by foster and adoptive parents.
- Caregiver Ongoing Training: (COT) This program provides competency-based education and training to NH licensed foster parents, eligible adoptive parents, non-licensed relative caregivers, residential childcare staff, and DCYF staff.
- Residential Counselor Core Training: (RCCT) This program is offered to residential counselors, in preparation for their work with children and youth in care in any of New Hampshire’s residential facilities. RCCT is a 30-hour competency based training series, consisting of five modules, each six hours in length.
National Alliance on Mental Illness ~ New Hampshire
National Foster Parent Association
New Hampshire 211
New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)
NHHEAF assists our adolescents in New Hampshire as they prepare for college. There are a variety of great resources and supports available for teens.
NHHEAF also supports a special page dedicated to assisting our youth in care:
New Hampshire Parent Information and Parent Resource Center
New Hampshire Youth Advisory Board
Evan B Donaldson Institute on Adoption
Adoption Support and Education (CASE) Web site: Adoptive families will find a variety of resources and information
National Resource Center for Adoption offers a variety of information and recourses for adoptive parents.
This website offers information and training for parents.
A Compassionate Heart
A NH Based agency offering parenting training and support
A website with informatino on attachment therapy and attachment parenting
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
A website with information about children who have experienced traumas and professionals that work with them.
WIC Information for Foster Parents
Information on Higher Education in NH
Accredited Online Colleges
Accredited Online Colleges Degree Programs
Accredited Online Colleges Guide
Foster A Love Of Reading
NH FAPA is not affiliated with these resources. NH FAPA is not responsible for content on these resources websites.