For Immediate Release
November 1, 2012
Sandra Matheson, Director
Office of Victim/Witness Assistance
Attorney General Michael Delaney is pleased to announce the 2012 winner of the Attorney General's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect's Dr. Roger M. Fossum Award "for outstanding service on behalf of New Hampshire's children." This award, given in memory of the State's first Chief Medical Examiner who died in 1994, honors individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to collaborative multidisciplinary efforts to improve services to children affected by abuse and neglect in New Hampshire.
This year's winner is Jack Lightfoot who recently retired as the director of the NH Children's Lobby, the advocacy wing of Child and Family Services. Mr. Lightfoot is credited for shaping or influencing many laws and public policies that guard children's rights and serve their needs. Under his direction, the CFS advocacy program, in conjunction with concerned citizens, has advanced the well-being of children and families in many ways including, but not limited to, the following: Revised child abuse and neglect laws, launched the Foster Care Health Project, co-founded NH CARES and the NH Children's Alliance, co-wrote the guardianship of minors law, promoted day care licensing, evolved a restorative juvenile justice model, revised action settlement laws to ensure availability and stability of critical services to children, shepherded every change in adoption laws since the laws were written, and championed CHINS (Children in Need of Services). "When asked how he has never wavered in his mission, even when it seemed an uphill battle, Jack maintains, "You go forward anyway, because it's the right thing to do. We can never give up trying for our kids."
Attorney General Delaney said, "We congratulate Jack Lightfoot on his well deserved award and thank him for his dedication and commitment on behalf of New Hampshire's children."
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