March for Children and Families
The New Road Project, a new organization advocating for full reform of New Hampshire’s child protection system, is hosting the March for Children and Families in front of the State House in Concord. They invite New Hampshire residents of all ages to join them for this event meant to celebrate NH families and demonstrate to those in positions of authority that New Hampshire citizens demand swift change to the state’s child protection infrastructure.
The event will include a march around the downtown Concord area, invited speakers representing different aspects and experiences within the child protection system, a vigil to honor those children and families negatively impacted by the system, and a community resource and activity fair to bring existing NH resources to families. The New Road Project Founder, Anna Rose Carrigan, MSW says that, “This event is meant to bring action, collaboration and healing to our community regarding the systemic issues in the child protection system. We hope to allow attendees to show their support, feel supported, and send a message to legislators, administrators, and others who have the power to create meaningful change, that the current state of affairs can no longer be tolerated. The underlying message is that children and families are NH’s most precious resource, and we need to make changes to better support them in our state.”
Planned activities include free family photography sessions, free car-seat safety checks, craft projects, and free trauma-friendly activities and exercises for families to try hosted by a professional counselor and occupational therapist.