N.H.'s Child Advocate Reviewing How DCYF Handles Cases of Infants Born Exposed to Drugs

Mar 26, 2019

Credit Paige Sutherland for NHPR

The state Office of Child Advocate has announced it is currently reviewing how the Department for Children Youth and Families handles cases of infants born exposed to drugs.

The Office of the Child Advocate says it opened the review in December of last year after it received concerns about how DCYF was handling the cases. In two cases in 2018 infants, died after DCYF closed assessments for neglect as unfounded.

Statewide, the state Child Advocate says there were 466 children involved in DCYF cases where there were indications that the child was born exposed to drugs.

The Office of the Child Advocate says the existence of the review does not in itself mean DCYF has handled any cases improperly.

The review is expected to be completed by this July, and the results will be made public.