MARCH FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
July 27, 2019 12:30-3:30
In Front of the State House
About the March
Please join us for a march and protest at the State Capitol to celebrate NH families, and to demand that NH does better in protecting our most precious commodity- our youth. Anyone and everyone are welcome. To our knowledge, this is the first event of its kind on this issue. Unified community action is integral in creating systemic change- come have your voice heard and counted as we journey down this New Road of change in how we hold our government accountable for its treatment of Children and Families.
To view the specific agenda, click here. The event will include:
A short march around the North Main St. area and the Capitol
A platform for invited speakers to publicly share their experiences and concerns with the current child protection system, and to inspire hope to change it
An unveiling of what The New Road Project proposes as some solutions to the current situation and a petition with these proposals to be signed by attendees in support
A Community Resource Fair for local organizations to connect with families and share about available resources (scroll down to see who's coming!)
A vigil for those children lost, trapped, abused, neglected, or who are no longer with us after being involved with the child protection system. This includes those who are children now, and those who used to be but who are still affected in adult life
Family friendly activities such as as free family photography sessions, craft activities, and more!
Most importantly, a chance for everyone who is concerned by the current status of child protection in NH to come together in one place to demand that NH gets the child protection system we deserve.
Attending Community Orgs
More to be added- Check back!
Are You A(n)...
Organization that has Applicable Resources to Share with Families that Would Like to Host a Table?
Person Who May Want to Speak at the Event?
Family Member of A Child Adversely Affected by the Child Protection System Who Would Like Your Family or Child Recognized at the Event?
Organization that Works in the Area of Children and Family Advocacy, Civil Rights, etc. that Would Like to Add Your Name as an Official Supporter of the Event?
Want to contribute but don't have time to volunteer or in-kind goods to donate? We need to buy an insurance policy in order to have tables and tents for local organizations that have information to share with families. We view this connection of families to needed resources as an integral part of this event and our movement, in order to arm families with what they need to advocate for themselves. Monetary donations, big and small, are most welcome. Thank you in advance!
Clicking the 'Donate Now' will direct you to our GoFundMe Campaign.
Orgs that Support This Event
More to be added- Check back!
-FREE Family Photo Sessions with Professional Photographers
-Decorate a Quilt Square to be part of a NH Children and Families Quilt
-Participate in trauma informed Occupational Therapy and mind-body sensory exercises with professionals
-Make Your Own Sensory Tool- for those those with trauma in mind
-Spend time with a therapy dog
-Take home your own eco-therapy activity
-Write you or your loved one's name on a pin wheel to be placed in the State House lawn
-Moment of Remembrance featuring a dedicated song and a reading of names of those negatively affected by the child protection system, past and present
- Submit you or your loved one's name here
Attorney Michael S. Lewis
Michael Lewis is a New Hampshire attorney who has been an outspoken advocate for full reform of the child protection system, and most importantly for NH's children. His record of fearlessly, relentlessly, and publicly calling out actors in the child protection system who systemically fail at protecting children is unmatched, and his powerful calls for action are often published in the NH Business Review. Attorney Lewis is an experienced trial and appellate litigator, who has substantial experience litigating a range of matters involving state and federal constitutional rights. Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire, and his writing has been published widely in popular press and in legal publications. Michael was an Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 2007 through 2013, serving in the Department’s Homicide Unit from 2011 through 2013. For his work at the Attorney General’s Office, Michael received the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation in 2012 recognizing excellent advocacy, civility, courtesy, and perspective as a practicing attorney under the age of 35.
Anna Rose Carrigan, MSW
Founder and Director, The New Road Project
Anna Rose Carrigan is the founder of The New Road Project. She graduated with her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 and has additional degrees in Animal Science, Community Leadership, and Politics and Society. Ms, Carrigan has a background as a licensed mental health professional, treating children and families, and worked closely with the Office of Child and Family Services in Maine where she practiced. She also has experience in both NH’s government and non-profit sectors. Aside from her professional familiarity with the child protection system, Ms. Carrigan is also a close family member of a child involved with DCYF and has witnessed the system’s failings firsthand. As a social worker and as an adult community member who shares responsibility for all of NH’s children, she strongly believes she has a mandate to speak out against practices that harm NH children and families and will continue to advocate for reform until it is fully achieved.
Terese Grinnell, RN
NH Advocate, The Forgotten Initiative
Terese Grinnell is a wife, mother, relative caregiver to her two step grandsons, a “bio kid” her parents fostered to adopt 4 of her siblings, a full time Registered Nurse and also leads the New Hampshire Chapter of a National organization called “The Forgotten Initiative” a faith based organization with a mission to mobilize the community to support kids in State Custody along with all those who interact with them.