Foster family shortage in NH

May 13, 2015

BY: Citizens Count

According to the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), there are not enough foster families to accommodate a growing number of foster children in the Granite State.

NHPR reports that 1,000 children will need foster homes in New Hampshire this year, but there are only 600 licensed foster homes in the state.

Michelle Galligan, from the nonprofit Child and Family Services in Manchester, suggested that increased heroin addiction might be responsible for an increase in children needing foster homes.

On the other hand, some DCYF opponents say the agency is too quick to remove children from homes.

According to data from the Annie E. Casey foundation, New Hampshire has one of the lowest rates of children in foster care in the United States, but a relatively high percentage of those children are placed in group homes or institutions.

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