N.H. DCYF Numbers Highlight Growing Demands on Agency

Oct 11, 2019

Number of children adopted each year in N.H.
Credit DCYF

Reports of child abuse and neglect reached a record high in New Hampshire during the last fiscal year.

Last fiscal year, the Division for Children, Youth and Families received more than 30,000 calls reporting child abuse or neglect. Of those, more than 12,000 were investigated by child welfare workers.

The new data released by the state Friday highlights the increasing demands on the agency tasked with protecting the welfare of children.

The report also shows the average caseload for DCYF workers, about 45, remains well above the nationally recommend level of 12.

One bright spot in the report: the number of children born drug exposed dropped from 2017 to 2018.