NH has highest rate of pediatric cancer in U.S.

Jul 13, 2018
pediatric cancer NH

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Hampshire has the highest rate of pediatric cancer in the U.S. 

The report looked at the incidence of cancer in residents under age twenty from 2003 through 2014.

New England overall had relatively high rates. Maine ranked 4th, Connecticut 7th, Massachusetts 11th, Rhode Island 28th, and Vermont 34th. Mississippi had the lowest pediatric cancer rate in the U.S.

New report shows increased drug-related child abuse

Jun 06, 2018
child neglect drugs

According to a new report, child abuse and neglect reports have increased dramatically over the past few years in New Hampshire, due in part to the opioid addiction epidemic. 

The report was published by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

From 2013 to 2016 the state Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) accepted 21% more reports of child abuse and neglect for assessment.

Child protection bills close to becoming law

Apr 30, 2018
child abuse and neglect

Several child protection bills are close to passing the House and Senate, and Gov. Chris Sununu has already indicated he intends to sign them into law.  Here is a summary of the major policy changes proposed by the Legislature:

Funding for voluntary services

HB 1103, SB 590, and SB 592 all provide some form of funding for voluntary services offered to families in "unfounded but with reasonable concern" cases of possible child abuse or neglect.

Should the NH House have banned 12 and 13-year-olds from operating ATVs, snowmobiles, and other OHRVs on public roads?

Mar 08, 2018
minor on OHRV

On Tuesday, March 6 the New Hampshire House passed a bill that requires more adult supervision for youngsters riding off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRVs) – but still allows children age twelve and older to ride on public roads.

Details of the age restrictions in HB 1365

You must be at least twelve years-old and complete a training program to operate an OHRV on New Hampshire roads. Any operators without a driver’s license must also be accompanied by a licensed adult over age eighteen.

Should foster parents have a "bill of rights" codified in state law?

Feb 13, 2018
foster parents

HB 1562, a bill sponsored by Rep. Sean Morrison (R-Epping), would create a foster parent “bill of rights.”

What would a foster parents’ bill of rights look like?

The 18 point bill, among other things, would make the following part of state law:

Do you support a bill that sets stricter rules for lead paint exposure in NH, from universal lead testing for kids to lowering the bar for landlords to be forced to remediate properties?

Dec 23, 2017
lead abatement

In January 2018, the New Hampshire House will vote on SB 247, a bill that would create stricter rules regarding lead exposure. The bill concentrates on protecting children from this common neurotoxin.

Lead paint in New Hampshire

Exposure to even small particles of lead can be toxic for young children. Lead paint is the leading cause of elevated blood lead levels in New Hampshire. Sixty-two percent of all housing in the state was constructed before lead paint was outlawed in 1978. Contaminated drinking water can also expose people to lead.

Law against female genital mutilation?

Nov 24, 2017
Female Gential Mutilation

Rep. Victoria Sullivan is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would outlaw female genital mutilation.

Sullivan's proposed law would make it a felony to participate in female genital mutilation, whether you are a doctor, parent, guardian, or other involved party. It would also be a felony to take a girl out of state for female genital mutilation.

About female genital mutilation

The practice of female genital mutilation involves cutting off or altering a girl's external genitalia for non-medical reasons.

Stricter requirements for daycare staff?

Sep 10, 2017
child day care

Late last month, at the behest of Gov. Chris Sununu, the Child Care Licensing Unit at the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services postponed a presentation of new child care regulations. The Governor’s Office says it wants to further review and vet the agency’s proposal. This delay comes in response to an outcry from many NH daycare owners who say the new rules constitute an undue regulatory burden on their businesses.

NH becomes 1st state to favor grandparents as guardians

Jun 28, 2017
grandparents custody

At a ceremony this week Gov. Sununu signed a bill that gives preference to grandparents for child custody if the parent is abusing drugs. 

According to bill sponsor Mariellen MacKay, the law is the first of its kind in the country.

Supporters of the bill argue that grandparents should be given special consideration in court because they are particularly aware of the needs of their grandchildren.  Before this bill, grandparents had no rights to advocate for their grandchildren in family court.

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