Gov. Sununu says administration's top priority is protecting vulnerable children
CONCORD — Governor Chris Sununu delivered brief remarks before the Special Joint Committee on the Division of Children, Youth and Families Tuesday.
In his remarks, Sununu said that the top priority of the administration is to provide adequate protection for vulnerable children.
"A lot of times I think, the best way to do that is to really get out into the community and see these things first hand," Sununu said.
Sununu added that the best way to do that is to be aggressive about visiting case officers for DCYF first hand.
Throughout his remarks, Sununu returned to the importance of case officers multiple times.
"They're [case officers] out there working their tails off frankly with a lot of passion and a lot of care only trying to get the best results for the kids," he said.
Sununu recalled a story, that he said he had told several times before. In this case, there was a mom and her kids who were in an abusive situation. They worked with DCYF case workers and were able to stay in a hotel for a few nights. What made the story stick out was that the "underpaid case workers" took $20 out of their own pocket to secure a hotel room for the woman.
It was this story that "shows the passion and the dedication of the staff that we have in New Hampshire" Sununu said.
Sununu ended his remarks saying that the administration needs to keep talking on the front lines with case workers, legal staff, and judges.
"We are not going to have a perfect system, it is government," Sununu said.