Family Resources

First Initial Response Support Team

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An Incredible Journey – a Resource Guide to Assist Families

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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 – 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.

Beyond Consequences

This website offers information and training for parents.

A Compassionate Heart

A NH Based agency offering parenting training and support

Attachment Information

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

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Accredited Online Colleges

Accredited Online Colleges Degree Programs

Accredited Online Colleges Guide

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