With a myriad of political disruptions and global uncertainty portrayed in the media, it can be difficult to see what is going right. I want to report that there is a lot going right to help New Hampshire children be safe. When I entered the Legislature in 2015 there had been two unfortunate deaths of young children at the hands of their caregivers. This captured the attention of many throughout the state, creating a cascade of actions that have resulted in significant improvements. At the behest of then-senator David Boutin, a commission was created in 2015 that identified and corrected problems related to the interaction of law enforcement and child protection systems. This commission recommended creation of an Office of Child Advocate, which is on the verge of being implemented. Legislation also created a category of active cases in the Division of Children, Youth and Families where children remain in the custody of their parents while DCYF maintains oversight. The Legislature further advanced legislation that permits DCYF to start working with families involved with opioids before a child is hurt or neglected. In the beginning of 2016, then-governor Maggie Hassan appointed Jeffrey Meyers as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services and ordered an independent study of the investigation procedures of DCYF. Meyers worked with the legislative commission throughout 2016 to address a number of the most outstanding issues involving DCYF. This included expanded access to technology and creation of a 24/7 intake and response capability. In December 2016, the independent study made 20 major recommendations, all of which are being addressed. Starting in 2017 there were major changes in DCYF leadership. Christine Tappan was brought on board as an associate DHHS commissioner. She has broad national experience in child protection and assumed complete oversight of DCYF pending the recruitment of a new DCYF director. Tappan’s national perspective has permitted her to bring a systems approach to the protection of New Hampshire’s children while implementing necessary changes within the agency. In the past month, attorney Joe Ribsam, formerly a deputy