Sununu signs bills to increase funding to DCYF

It’s been an unenviable position for years: Workers at the Division for Children, Youth and Families have some of the highest average workloads in the country.

This week, a bill hoped by lawmakers to address that became law. On Monday, Gov. Chris Sununu and Senate President Donna Soucy signed off on Senate Bill 6, a measure to dramatically increase the staffing at the agency, adding funding for 77 new positions over two years.

DCYF bills signed into law after Sununu, Senate standoff


It’s a case of finger-pointing on both sides, and the stakes were anything but trivial.

But the bottom line is that on Monday, Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a bill that would provide about $6 million in state funding to add 77 positions to the Division of Children, Youth and Families.

Senate Bill 6 apparently became bogged down for several weeks in a stalemate over where the signing should take place and who should be on hand.

Child Advocate Says State Needs to Communicate Better With Incarcerated Parents

New Hampshire's Child Advocate, Moira O'Neill, is bringing awareness to how the state's child welfare system handles cases involving incarcerated parents.

O'Neill released a report last week outlining her concerns. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with her to talk about how the Division of Children, Youth and Families could improve communication with incarcerated parents.

Sununu to sign child protection, mental health bills

CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu has signaled his willingness to sign legislation passed by bipartisan majorities that increases funding for child protection and mental health above what he originally proposed.

Sununu to sign child welfare bills

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he’ll sign two bills aimed at helping New Hampshire children, putting aside his initial concerns about one of them.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill to add 77 caseworkers to the Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has faced increased scrutiny after several child deaths and struggled with high turnover and heavy workloads. Sununu’s proposed budget funded only a fraction of that number, because he worried the state wouldn’t be able to fill them quickly and money would lay dormant.