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    Bill Proposes Grandparents Get a Say in Guardianship Cases

    By Hannah McCarthy for New Hampshire Public Radio A new bill proposing that grandparents play a bigger role in guardianship cases involving their grandchildren had its first hearing at the State House Tuesday. Lawmakers were surprised by how few people showed up to testify on a bill that would allow grandparents a say in guardianship […]

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    Bill to address toll of opioid crisis on children passes New Hampshire Senate

    Child advocates and community members supported Senate Bill 148, which would establish a commission to study grandfamilies CONCORD, FEBRUARY 09, 2017 — As part of its continued efforts to address the opioid crisis, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 148 establishing a commission to study grandfamilies. Introduced by Senator Martha Hennessey of District 5, the […]

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    More than 1300 groups tell Congress and Trump: Don’t take America backwards. Reject efforts to cut and strait-jacket human needs programs

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            CONTACT:  David Elliot, More than 1,300 groups, representing millions of people of faith, service providers, and human needs advocates nationwide, today delivered a warning to Congress and to President Trump: don’t harm low-income and other vulnerable people and don’t harm the economy by slashing basic safety-net programs such as Medicaid, SNAP […]

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    Thousands turn out for New Hampshire Women’s Day of Action & Unity in Concord

    Concord, NH– More than 5,000 men and women from across New Hampshire converged in Concord today to be a part of the New Hampshire Women’s Day of Action & Unity. They rallied in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington DC and with more than 100 Women’s Marches across America. Those in attendance stood together to listen […]

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    Our Turn: It’s time to support full-day kindergarten

    By Lindsay Hanson, Christina D’Allesandro and MaryLou Beaver for the Concord Monitor Thursday, January 12, 2017 Today, in the House Education Committee, bipartisan legislation to finally fully support full-day kindergarten will be heard. Full-day kindergarten has solid bipartisan support. In fact, Gov. Sununu expressed support for full funding of full-day kindergarten during the campaign, and recent polling […]

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    Donald Trump’s Choices for Cabinet Posts

    To the Editor: Re “Choice to Lead H.H.S. Is Eager to Cut Its Clout” (news article, Dec. 5): The last time I heard a politician glibly suggest that citizens “vote with their feet” if they didn’t like how their state was administering federally funded health programs like Medicaid and maternal and child health programs, Ronald […]

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    Advocacy Coalition Presses Presidential Candidates On Child Care Affordability

    Ellyn Fortino, Progress Illinois As the 2016 election season kicks into high gear, a new nationwide advocacy campaign aims to amplify the need for more affordable child care and preschool. The Stand with Families initiative, led by a coalition of labor, women’s rights and other organizations, has created an online petition and is planning a series of […]

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    Pave the path to graduation much sooner

    Kelli Soyer and Sheila Hansen, The Des Moines Register Youth all across Iowa will soon walk across the stage to collect their diploma, anticipating the next chapter of their lives. For some, the path to graduation was paved; for others it was the road less traveled. If we want to ensure our kids are successful […]

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    Lawyer takes on children’s life-and-death issues

    Colman McCarthy, National Catholic Reporter In late 1989, I took some 30 students on a field trip to visit death row inmates waiting to be killed in Virginia’s Mecklenburg state prison. Among the group was Amy Harfeld, a senior in my peace studies class at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. Sociable and intellectually […]

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    Commission: Heightened Scrutiny, Family Preservation Best Tools to Curb Child Fatalities

    John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change The path to curbing child fatalities is lined with a balance of predictive tools, heightened scrutiny of abuse and neglect reports, and increased family preservation services, a federal commission funded to study the issue reported today. The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities completed its nearly […]

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