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Friday, December 2, 2011

Cuts should force DHHS / DCYF to rethink how they conduct themselves

Mark Twain
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)
Once stated: Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Reader' look for the facts and question your sources.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinionperspectives/941438-263/budget-cuts-force-a-rethinking-of-child.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


The link to Sunday, November 27, 2011; Budget cuts force a rethinking of child abuse, neglect; By BECKY BERK

This article is an insult to Family’s across the state; due to the unintelligent mentality behind it and the misrepresentation it makes to the public.

The reduction in funding to DHHS specifically DCYF is due to the inability of the division in conjunction with the judicial branch to properly address Child Abuse and Neglect.

For example, “voluntary prevention funds – designed to assist and support families who self-identify in crisis – were eliminated from the budget.”
However, DCYF continuously fails to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect; and NH has the highest non-return rate and re-entry into the system rate in the country. See: http://unhappygrammy-grandparentsblog.blogspot.com/    for troubling stories going on in the state and http://www.adoptusparents.org/the-adventures-of-abandoned-foster-parents/.

“Incentive funds, designed to prevent abuse and support children in every county, also were eliminated from the budget.” Actually the only “incentive funds” out there were for http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs_fund/   ADOPTIONS which NH had high occurrences’ of, because of their refusal to assist families and take children from family’s who did not know their rights. In 2010 neighbors to NH; including but not limited to MA, VT, and ME received zero incentive dollars while NH received $190,746.00 this is not money for services. To see what it pays out, for go to the Acts themselves it’s in the name: Fostering Connections and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and/or go through the awards list to see what NH recieved in 2011 at http://taggs.hhs.gov/AwardsList.cfm?stabbr=NH

“Funding” cuts as described throughout this article occur because Federal and State Grants require a demonstrated level of success which NH across the board has continuously failed to achieve: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/cwmonitoring/  for the status of DHHS/DCYF NH failures to the tune of 66% of the people they were suppose to serve over the last 15+ years.

A state program called Comprehensive Family Supports and Services:
This program is not listed under resources in New Hampshire, furthermore the statistics provided by this writer are not supported; nor are her resources provided for verification; the use of heinous crimes on Children to induce the public to side with her bias of pro-government interference in families lives is unacceptable. Be very careful in believing what you read by authors of this type.

There needs to be a statewide interest in Children of ALL ages not just the ones the Department of Health and Human Services deems of a more adoptable age.

State agencies should streamline services to families with children of any age without a finding of neglect to get them; recently a DCYF attorney whose clients were a CPSW and her Supervisor; a matter where the STATE and not the parent lost two children and one is still being looked for; stated she would not authorize services without at least a finding of neglect; as if it were nothing more than a Volley Ball session.    

The quality improvement director of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, named in the article represents;  A trust fund built on Fraud and multi-layering; visible even in its establishment; where it blatantly shows that the State now controls not only funds that should go to foster children but, it is comingling with religion and contrary to the public's best interest see: http://maisonbisson.com/nhrsa/rsa/169-c-39-c-new-hampshire-childrens-trust-fund/

Stephen R. Covey once stated Accountability breeds Response-ability; how about some of that from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services?


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