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New Hampshire CPS News Archive

The New Hampshire news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of New Hampshire and I will include it here in our coverage.

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New Hampshire News Coverage

by Ella Nilsen

During a tour in Iraq, Infantryman Jeremy Sparks's Army convoy was driving over a bridge when the entire structure collapsed. "We just dropped, it was like something out of a cartoon," Sparks said.

The 40-year-old veteran was a rear gunner on a Stryker military vehicle, standing up out of a back hatch when the vehicle careened into the sandy riverbed below. The impact of the fall threw him to the back of the Stryker, giving him such severe whiplash that it herniated two of the major nerves in his neck.

October 29, 2016

by Allie Morris

It will be 2017 by the time child protective services stays open past 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, state officials said Wednesday.

That's a far cry from the 24/7 around-the-clock coverage the agency sought in order to better ensure the safety of children in abusive homes. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers told the state Commission to Review Child Fatalities that his department has had trouble recruiting the qualified workers needed to field complaints of abuse and neglect until 8 p.m. Half of the 15 employees needed to staff the new shift have been brought on so far.

October 29, 2016

Advocacy groups for homeschooling have blocked attempts to require homeschooled students to complete annual academic and medical tests.

The controversy started in 2003 when a New Jersey boy, 19, was found going through the neighbor's garbage. He was four feet tall and weighed 45 pounds. He and his three younger brothers were all homeschooled, according to The Pacific Standard.

October 17, 2015

by Mark Hayward

THE PRIEST sex-abuse scandal of the 2000s taught New Hampshire residents a couple things. One is that you can't always trust people in authority to do the right thing when it comes to children.

The second (and I didn't know this) is that New Hampshire law requires anyone - you, me, Donald Trump - to contact authorities if we suspect that a child has been abused and neglected. In fact, we can be charged with a crime if we don't. But last month, a New Hampshire judge found an exception exists to the law...

October 3, 2015

Police said Jeremiah Hollenbeck, 28, of Lebanon, Maine, left four children in a car Wednesday afternoon while he was allegedly shoplifting from a Family Dollar in Franklin.

A concerned citizen called the police to the parking lot around 4 p.m. as the temperature outside soared to 97 degrees. The children were in a Subaru with the windows rolled up for 10 to 15 minutes, police said. "It's probably 100 degrees in that car, I feel bad," said Corey Rouse, a Family Dollar clerk. "They probably got heat exhaustion. It's horrible."

July 20, 2013

by Leslie Eastman

Something is rotten in the state of boys' education, and I can't help but suspect that the pattern I have seen in my classroom may have something to do with a collective failure to adequately educate boys.

The statistics are grim. According to the book Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work and Why, boys are kept back in schools at twice the rate of girls. Boys get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls. Boys are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. They do less homework and get a greater proportion of the low grades. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Furthermore, boys are nearly three times as likely as girls to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Considering 11 percent of U.S. children-6.4 million in all-have been diagnosed with a ADHD, that's a lot of boys bouncing around U.S. classrooms.

July 1, 2013

by Sara Gates

Students attending Windham schools in New Hampshire, won't be dodging balls during gym class anymore. The school district voted to ban dodgeball and other "human target" sports in a recent 4-1 decision, according to multiple sources.

Windham Patch reports that school officials launched an inquiry into the physically aggressive activities after a parent complained. Ultimately, administrators cited bullying concerns for the reason to prohibit students from playing dodgeball and similar games during school hours.

March 28, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

New Hampshire's House passed HB 573, or "An Act relative to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes" with 286 yays and only 64 nays last week.

Other states have recently introduced legislations in favor of industrial hemp including Kentucky, Washington and Missouri. Now, California is joining in and it's making a strong impression and gaining momentum, with two bills being introduced last month - Assembly Bill 1137 and SB 566.

March 24, 2013

A major victory is scored for jury nullification with the acquittal of felony marijuana charges - and it's all thanks to a "straight-laced little old lady" juror and participant of the Free State Project.

Doug Darrell beat the odds and walked home from his trial as a free man on Friday, a major win for the state's new jury nullification law. Facing felony drug cultivation charges for growing marijuana plants behind his house, the 59-year-old Rastafarian saw all of the charges against him dropped after jurors in his trial successfully convinced their peers to nullify the case on the grounds that Darrell was simply trying to obey the customs of his religion.

September 18, 2012

by Thomas Grinley

I have just been informed by our Casey Family Services case worker that Casey does not care about the efforts to save CFS or even to slow down the planned destruction.

I felt terrible directing my anger at our case worker because she has been wonderful. Unlike management at Casey and the foundation, she has never lied to us. In fact, some of our anger is because we are losing the wonderful support she has always provided. However, the bulk of anger is simply because of the way we have been treated.

July 26, 2012

Friday's conviction of former Penn State athletics coach Jerry Sandusky was about his sexual abuse of 10 young males during a 15-year period.

But by inference the charges against him also concerned the failure of a system under which more than a few people kept mum on suspicions of abuse during that time - a failure underscored by the virtual flood of abuse-reporting legislation across the country since the charges against the 67-year-old Sandusky were filed last fall.

July 3, 2012

by Martha Rosenberg

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

June 29, 2012

by Carol Robidoux

"We're here to get this Agenda 21 exposed and out of New Hampshire," said Hal Shurtleff, regional director for the conservative political action group.

Shurtleff said municipal governments like Nashua are "buying into" the United Nations' Agenda 21 without even knowing what it means to residents. As stated by the United Nations, Agenda 21 was established in 1992 as a "global plan of action" to address human impact on the environment, water supply, forests, mining, climate change and poverty.

March 12, 2012

by Laurenne Ramsdell

DOVER - The Granite State has seen an all-time high for the amount of emergency room visits related to the accidental consumption of poisonous mushrooms.

As a result, the state's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently issued a warning to residents pleading with them to be cautious when picking and eating wild mushrooms.

October 3, 2011

by Kate Kerman

We knew we wanted to raise our children according to our religious and social values, and there was no reason to expect a public school system to do this. We agreed that we would home school our children to start with.

I got a teacher's certificate, which in those days was the easiest way to legally teach your own children. I also acted as a certified teacher for other people who were teaching children at home, including people from various religious groups and others who were teaching their children because of their social values.

August 18, 2011

by Jennifer Feals

PORTSMOUTH - "Thorns of the Rose" is filled with all you'd expect in a Hollywood production - romance, action and drama.

But instead of movie moguls, the film was created solely by local youth ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old. The film, which is a journey about a fight for freedom and independence, was written, directed, produced and performed by home-schooled students in the Family Centered Education movie club.

June 6, 2011

by unhappygrammy

This policy argument began in Louisiana and was signed into Law by Governor Jindal on or around June 26, 2008 and took effect in August of the same year. Restoration of Parental Rights Post-Termination under certain criteria.

The policy at-hand was introduced by the Louisiana State Law Institute and now authorizes counsel appointed for a child who is in foster care and over the age of 15 or the department to file a motion to restore the parental rights or parental contact with a parent whose rights have been terminated.The conditions are listed below. The effect would could lead to a reduction in expenses associated with state wards and further reunify children with parents as deemed appropriate.

Grandparents blog-Dedicated to Austin and Isabella

November 25, 2010

by Maddie Hanna

The newborn taken from an Epsom couple last week by state social workers was sent to the hospital yesterday but is fine, officials said last night.

Parents Johnathon Irish and Stephanie Taylor had a supervised visit with their daughter and a state social worker yesterday at a Strafford County administration building and during the visit "there was some concern about the possibility of some blood that was seen in a diaper."

Concord Monitor

October 14, 2010

by Shawne K. Wickham

A baby girl was taken into state custody at Concord Hospital by child welfare officials, just hours after she was born. And now the parents are at the center of an Internet-fueled fire storm over government intervention and parental rights.

Irish and Taylor stood at the hospital entrance yesterday, talking with about a half-dozen supporters who were alerted to their case by media and social media reports. Irish wore a "Don't Tread on Me" hat; both were still wearing their hospital wristbands from the baby's birth. Her baby girl was born shortly before midnight on Wednesday at Concord Hospital. And that's where the infant's parents say they were served the next afternoon with an "abuse and neglect petition" filed by the state Division of Children, Youth and Families.

Union Leader

October 9, 2010

A New Hampshire woman on oxygen therapy died after the power to her home was cut off, forcing electricity supplier National Grid to defend its policies Friday, the Boston Globe reported.

A worker for the company went to the woman's home in Salem, N.H., on Monday and shut off the power after seeing no sign that anyone was there, company spokesman David Graves told The Globe.

FOX News

June 25, 2010

A few posts back,I posted an article about a 10 year old boy who tried to commit suicide after being taken from his grandparents and placed in foster care.

This article really hit home, as my own grandson Austin tried to commit suicide, by hanging, after being taken from mine and my husbands home at age six. DCYF and four police officers showed up at my house to take Austin. We were told they had a court order and a warrant. They refused to show either. We recently found out they had neither a court order or a warrant.

Grandparents Blog

June 10, 2010

by Nathan Black

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill that would tightly regulate homsechooling. The House voted 324-34 against changes to the current law.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Judith Day who felt the current homeschooling law required too little accountability. Current law requires that parents provide yearly results of either the test or an evaluation of the child's portfolio, not both. And parents who are certified or private school teachers can write their own evaluations.

The Christian Post

January 14, 2010

by Kathryn E. Darden

As reported in Persecuted for Homeschooling, Swedish Family Loses Child, recently Swedish authorities did the unthinkable when they removed a young boy from his home because he was homeschooled by his parents.

Representatives is starting down that same slippery slope. For the second year in a row a legislative study committee has recommended not to make any changes to New Hampshire's homeschool law. However, this week the New Hampshire House of Representatives is planning to vote on whether or not to strictly regulate homeschooling.

Associated Content

January 11, 2010

Child-care workers will soon need to be fingerprinted for criminal background checks under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 4.

Few child-care providers disagree with the goal of the law: making children safer. But many have raised concerns about the cost and inconvenience of getting the fingerprints taken. The law applies to all paid or volunteer child-care workers who have regular contact with children, and all adult household members of a home in which a child-care facility is located.

Concord Monitor

November 24, 2009

by James P. Tucker, Jr.

A girl has been forced to attend public school by a judge who was concerned that she was a Christian who needed exposure to "world views."

As is true of properly homeschooled children, Amanda Kurowski was significantly ahead of her public school peers academically, but the court ruled her Christian faith was "too rigid." Amanda's "vigorous defense of her religious beliefs . . . suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view," said District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler.

American Free Press

September 20, 2009

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by Annette Hall

Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.


May 15, 2010

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