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2018 Annual Report New Hampshire Children' s Trust

Great Childhoods

New Hampshire Children’s Trust spent 2018 making great childhoods happen. How have you contributed?

If you’re unsure, don’t worry—research shows that although they might not realize it, many people play a role in preventing child abuse and creating great childhoods in their community. We can all support healthy, happy outcomes for children by doing simple, everyday things—volunteering at an after-school program, offering to help a new parent with babysitting or cooking, advocating for federal and state policies that support children and families, coaching a local soccer team—it’s really that easy.

At New Hampshire Children’s Trust, we envision a state where all children grow up free from abuse and neglect. That’s why our programs focus on increasing family strengths, enhancing child development, and reducing child maltreatment. We actively promote positive experiences and actions that anyone—family support staff, early educators, community organizers, parents, friends, neighbors, and other caregivers—can engage in to promote healthy outcomes in families.

When we all take part, we all benefit. Great childhoods begin with all of us. How will you help?

Great Childhoods Begin with . . .

Acknowledging Remarkable Caregivers

Every February, we recognize 28 parents and caregivers as part of Parent Recognition Month. At our 11th annual Unsung Hero Awards, we honored those who exemplified use of the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors and who do everything in their power to ensure their children can thrive. Many honorees overcame difficult obstacles and still found the strength to care for others, give back to the community, and provide safe, stable homes for their children. The award recipients came from all corners of New Hampshire and were nominated by family, friends, coworkers, and community members who recognize that these caregivers are doing their very best.

“Why do we do this?” posed Lara Quiroga, Chair of the Board at New Hampshire Children’s Trust. “Because each one of these people are strong and resilient caregivers who have made a difference in the life of a child.”

Great Childhoods Begin with . . .

Spreading Awareness

On April 6, nearly 1,300 people helped spread awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDayNH. In our largest effort to date, we partnered with over 100 businesses and organizations, supplying pinwheels, posters, parent activity calendars, and coloring pages. PSAs and interviews about child abuse prevention efforts ran on seven radio stations, and over 1,150 pinwheels were distributed for pinwheel gardens. In a great show of support, the Goffstown police department purchased 100 pinwheel lapel pins and wore them for the whole month of April.

Dear Friends,

Great childhoods begin with all of us. This poignant theme resonated with us throughout 2018 and beyond. New Hampshire Children's Trust Board and staff continue to focus on our mission to ensure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating.

It is because of supporters like you that we're able to provide parents, caregivers, and professionals with the tools needed to build a New Hampshire free from child abuse and neglect.

Your support along the way has been (and continues to be) so important to us. Thank you for sharing our vision of a future where all children have great childhoods. We look forward to your continued support!

Lara Quiroga, Board Chair

Other Highlights

Trainings

We trained more than 500 parents and professionals in Strengthening Families, My Voice Matters, and Period of PURPLE Crying awareness. Our trainings reached far and wide, covering most counties of the Granite State.

Honoring Volunteers

With Lucy Fowlkes Breed’s sons, Allen and Taylor, we presented the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Volunteer Award to Heidi Matthews Cantin, an extraordinary woman who has been volunteering for YWCA NH for nine years.

Annual Conference

We hosted our 7th annual Strengthening Families Summit and welcomed Dr. Linda Chamberlain from Alaska as our keynote speaker. Over 300 community leaders, health and human services providers, educators, and others were in attendance.
"This training was extremely eye-opening and informative. It gives those of us who struggle with speaking the tools we need to make a difference. Children need us to speak up for them because they cannot speak up for themselves and their futures." —Tawnya of Moultonborough

Great Childhoods Begin with . . .

Kristina's Story

A mom of two boys and stepmom of three daughters, Kristina Smith worked as a lead teacher in a toddler room before beginning her dream job as Parent Educator at TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont, New Hampshire. Shortly after starting and at the Executive Director’s recommendation, Kristina signed up for New Hampshire Children’s Trust’s Strengthening Families training: “Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work.”

“I came into this with a fresh mind, as this was not a training I had ever taken before and I knew very little about it,” Kristina says. “I was very intrigued by the Five Protective Factors as they are not only connected with the families I work with, but also with my own life.”

The training—which is offered as both a six-hour and two-day workshop, as well as an online version—is a seven-module training that gives real-world examples of everyday actions that professionals can take to promote the Five Protective Factors: Parental Resilience, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. When these Protective Factors are fostered in our lives and communities, all children can have great childhoods.

“I use what I learned from the training as a guide,” says Kristina. “I look at each protective factor and try to understand where my families are in each one. Do they have resilience? Do they have positive relationships that support them? Do they understand their children’s developmental needs, and what resources can I bring that will help them? . . . Going through this as a guide, I am able to learn so much about the families I work with, what their ACEs [adverse childhood experiences] are, and how to help them through these challenges.”

New Hampshire Children’s Trust began offering the Strengthening Families training in 2013 and has since trained nearly 1,000 people in face-to-face workshops and 1,500 people online. The workshops are designed for educators, health and human service professionals, volunteers, and parent leaders, and professional development hours are available in several fields.

Besides being new to this type of field work, Kristina says there are other challenges she and her coworkers face: time management, self-care, not having appropriate resources, and “having families understand that we are here to help, not hurt.” The Strengthening Families training teaches participants to recognize when a parent might be lacking any of the Five Protective Factors, and it gives them the tools they need to ensure the parent can acquire those supports.

“I would truly recommend this training to others in various fields who work with children and families,” says Kristina. “We are complex human beings, and most people have experienced ACEs throughout their lives. Once we know what ACEs we’re dealing with and which Protective Factors we’re lacking, we can use this knowledge to help support and build these traits so that we can develop and enhance the strength of our families and the safety of our children.” ◆

By the Numbers

Annual Revenue & Endowment Distributions: $560,683

Annual Expenses: $598,211

2018 Board and Staff

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