Click the link to read the proposed Foster Parent Bill of Rights



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The NH Children & Family Law Committee Members

Not sure what county you live in? Go here: https://www.lfda.org/representatives/map/nh-house

Click the link to read the proposed Foster Parent Bill of Rights: https://www.fosteringchangenh.org/foster-parent-bill-of-rights



Hover over a member’s name to see if they’re on Facebook! Scroll down to learn more & to see a sample email.

• Caroletta Alicea Merrimack 8 (Boscawen) 603-796-6119

caroletta.alicea@leg.state.nh.us

Kimberly Rice, Hillsborough 37 (Hudson) 603-943-3369

Kimberly.Rice@leg.state.nh.us

• Mary Gile, Merrimack 27 (Concord) 603-224-2278

mary.gile@leg.state.nh.us

Daniel Itse, Rockingham 10 (Freemont) 603-642-9403, 603-642-5713

itsenh@comcast.net

• Skip Berrien, Rockingham 18 (Exeter) 603-580-1240

skip.berrien@leg.state.nh.us

• Allen W. Cook, Rockingham 11 (Brentwood) 603-770-5788

allen.cook@leg.state.nh.us

Mary Beth Walz, Merrimack 13 (Bow) 603-225-1968

mbwalz@leg.state.nh.us

• John Lewicke, Hillsborough 26 (Greenville) 603-878-2610

lewicke@yahoo.com

Marjorie Smith, Strafford 6 (Durham) 603- 868-7500

msmithpen@aol.com

• John J. O'Connor, Sullivan 4 (Claremont) 603-995-6917

john.oconnor@leg.state.nh.us

• Lucy McVitty Weber, Cheshire 1 (Walpole) 603-756-4338

lwmcv@comcast.net

Kevin Scully, Hillsborough 33 (Nashua) 603-689-9057

kevin.scully@leg.state.nh.us

• Matthew Spencer, Strafford 18 (Somersworth) 860-961-5712

matthew.Spencer@leg.state.nh.us

Brenda Willis, Rockingham 6 (Derry) 603-434-9093

brenda.willis@leg.state.nh.us

TIPS FOR CONTACTING A STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Elected officials are your voice in government. To best represent you, they need to know how you feel about issues related to foster care and our child welfare system. The Alliance makes it easy to help you get in touch with your elected officials. Scroll down for a sample email.



Contacting a Legislator or Government Official by Phone:

• If you get a voicemail, leave a message and call back in a couple of days if you have not received an answer.

Before you hang-up, say thank you and tell them your name and town.

Here is a possible script that you can use when calling an elected representative:

Hello Representative, my name is ____ and I’m a resident of ____. I’m calling you because I think the legislature should pass The Foster Parent Bill of Rights 18-2174.0 (and then explain why you think it should be passed). Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns.

Contacting by Social Media:

While phone calls and letters may still carry more weight in the eyes of lawmakers and congressional aides, speaking to your legislators through social media has the advantage of occurring in the public eye. When you comment on your legislator’s Facebook page, constituents can read your message. This may spark a dialogue. It could also help increase awareness about the issue you're raising and build support for your cause. Always be respectful and never use offensive language.

Information Retrieved from:

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/take-action/contact-your-representative/

http://www.lfda.org/contact-your-elected-officials

Helpful Hints for Emailing Your Legislator:
You can always use information you have found through various sources, but you should write your email in your own words. Include specific information about the bill you're writing. Details about personal or local impact are very effective. Always be courteous, be very clear about what action you'd like your legislator to take and keep it as short as possible.
- Begin with an introduction of yourself or the organization on whose behalf you are writing. Use a simple statement, such as "I am a third-grade teacher at _______ elementary school" or "On behalf of of [my foster child, all foster parents, Fostering Change: Alliance for NH Foster Parents…]
- Get to the point and tell your NH Representative why you are writing and the support you are seeking. Follow your opening paragraph with a concise explanation of why you support or oppose the particular bill or issue.
- Follow your introduction with a brief statement of your issue or concern, such as "We urge your support for The Foster Parent Bill of Rights 18-2174.0 which will ______________________."
http://www.lfda.org/contact-your-elected-officials

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/take-action/contact-your-representative/




Sample Email:
Dear Representative Kimberly Rice,
​My name is John and I am a supporter of Fostering Change: Alliance for NH Foster Parents. My wife Jane and I have been foster parents since 2012 and have cared for numerous children of all ages. We urge you to support a comprehensive Foster Parent Bill of Rights that is independent of DCYF and holds the Division accountable for the way they treat foster parents. Although the foster parent handbook indicates that we are important members of the team, my wife and I have experienced discrimination and even reprisal when we have advocated for certain services for our foster children, or when we have voiced our concerns about parental drug use and safety during parental visitation.
The Foster Parent Bill of Rights should only be the start of your support for foster parents in NH. Several states throughout the country allow party status to foster parents after 12-18 months or at permanency hearings. It’s time for NH to modernize its laws and allow foster parents the right to be heard without fear of reprisal. I’m sure you’re aware that the number of NH babies born drug exposed has risen over 67% in the past four years. In light of the current drug epidemic there is most certainly an increasing need for foster parents in our state yet foster home placements have gone down over 30% in the past few years. We cannot watch our foster children languish without permanency or return to drug addicted parents who have not been drug tested or rehabilitated. We need your full support. Thank you for considering my concerns about the child welfare system in our state.
Sincerely,
Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Doe

123 Main St.

Hudson, NH 03051

603-555-1212





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