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Review approved of New Hampshire's child protection division

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The Executive Council has approved a contract for an independent review of New Hampshire's child protection division to ensure the state is providing the best protection for children in child abuse and neglect cases.

It comes in response to concerns raised by law enforcement over the death of a Manchester toddler and an initial review by the Department of Justice. Gov. Maggie Hassan says Wednesday the review will be done by the Maryland-based Center for the Support of Families.

It will focus on child health, child safety and risk of harm and include reviews of the Division of Children, Youth and Families cases and processes, and consult with the Legislative Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities.

The center will review 100 randomly selected cases.

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