The N.H. Office of the Child Advocate was created about a year ago in the wake of the deaths of two children at the hands of abusive parents -- cases that had been reported to the N.H. Division for Children, Youth, and Families.
Moira O'Neill, the OCA's first director, joins us Tuesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the agency's first annual report. Although the state receives some praise, there remains much work to be done, according to the report -- including the hiring of more case workers, an ongoing challenge, as well as nurses, to bolster DCYF. In addition, the state must work to educate all those likely to encounter children in need of services (CHINS), including staff in schools and courts. Overall, the state must shift the emphasis toward putting the safety of children first.