We’re excited to let you know that a bipartisan coalition of New Hampshire representatives have introduced H.B. 1612, a bill that will change New Hampshire’s child abuse and neglect reporting laws from anonymous to confidential. This critical bill will protect innocent children and families from going through the trauma of an unnecessary governmental investigation and will ensure that DCYF can focus on investigating true instances of child abuse and neglect. The bill will also create penalties for someone who knowingly makes a false report of child abuse.
H.B. 1612 will be heard before the New Hampshire State House of Representatives Children and Family Law Committee tomorrow, February 15, at 10:30 AM. Our President, Will Estrada, is flying to Concord to testify in favor of the bill.
Please contact your New Hampshire representative and ask him or her to support H.B. 1612. You can call or email (or both!) your representative with a message as simple as the following:
“Please cosponsor and vote for H.B. 1612. This critical and bipartisan bill will protect innocent children and families from going through the trauma of an unnecessary governmental child abuse or neglect investigation. Instead of pursuing false reports, New Hampshire’s Division for Children, Youth and Families will now be able to focus on investigating true instances of child abuse and neglect. Finally, H.B. 1612 will create penalties for false reports of child abuse, further protecting innocent children and families.”
If you decide to email your representative, feel free to link to the letter that we sent to one of the sponsors of H.B. 1612.
We are grateful for H.B. 1612’s sponsors, Representatives James Spillane, Terry Roy, Alan Bershtein, Alicia Lekas, Ellen Read, and Senator Kevin Avard, for introducing this critical piece of legislation. This legislation is based on a model bill that the Parental Rights Foundation shepherded through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a few years ago.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom.
Executive Director, ParentalRights.org