Advocacy

Our advocacy team works at the legislative level to shape laws and public policies that advance the best interests of children. Since 1971, we have worked with other advocates – including teachers, lawyers, doctors, social service professionals, and others – as a collective now known as the NH Children’s Lobby.

About Us

The Waypoint advocacy program is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through legislative, judicial and public policy initiatives. Always at the forefront of social service and social justice, the impact of Waypoint’s advocacy work can be felt over generations.

Some of the ways we have helped create a more humane world for NH kids:

Voice for Children

In 1986, Waypoint (then Child and Family Services) established the Voice for Children award, an honor to recognize a New Hampshire citizen or group who has shown an outstanding commitment to – and made a tremendous difference in – the lives of children and families. Upon the retirement of long-time agency advocate, Jack Lightfoot, the agency renamed it the Jack Lightfoot Voice for Children Award. Our most recent honoree is:

2022: State Representative Pat Long, Former State Representative Kim Rice, Former State Representative Mary Beth Walz

Keith Kuenning

ADVOCATE ATTORNEY
Keith joined Waypoint’s legal team after working with youth in Nepal and serving as the executive director of New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness. He received his J.D. from American University, Washington School of Law; M.A. in law and international affairs from American University; and B.A. in political science from The University of Dayton.

Emily Lawrence

DEPUTY DIRECTOR
After 10 years as a law clerk with New Hampshire Superior and Supreme Courts, Emily became the first Associate Child Advocate and legal counsel with the State of New Hampshire Office of Child Advocate. Emily holds a J.D. from New England Law and a B.A. in psychology with a concentration in child development from Barnard College.

NHCL Members

Sharyn Zunz

Michele Merritt

Marilyn Mahoney

Stephen Langdon

Brad Kuster

Elliott Berry

Bill Conrad

You Should Know

Your Legislators

Raise your voice or your pen on behalf of kids in NH by letting your legislators know what you think!

Regional Offices

Waypoint has several regional offices throughout New Hampshire. Below are the locations of these offices. If you are looking for specific program contact information, please visit the Programs Overview page or the Get Help page.

Agency Headquarters

Manchester
464 Chestnut St.
Manchester, NH 03105
603.518.4000 | 1.800.640.6486
Fax: 603.668.6260
P.O. Box 448

Concord
103 No. State St.
Concord, NH 03301
603.224.7479

Lakes Region
67 Water Street Suite 207
Laconia, NH 03246
603.524.5835

North Country
25 Main St.
Lancaster, NH 03584
603.788.4172
P.O. Box 188 Conway, NH 03818

Tri-City Region
3 Wallace St.
Rochester, NH 03866
800.640.6486

Monadnock
20 Central Sq., Suite #210
Keene, NH 03431
603.357.8772 

Dover
35 Third St.
Dover, NH 03820
603.742.5662

Nashua
60 Main Street Suite 240
Nashua, NH 03060
603.889.7189

Seacoast
11 Sandy Point Rd.
Stratham, NH 03885
603.518.4002
Fax: 603.668.6260

Upper Valley
63 Hanover St.
Lebanon, NH 03766
603.298.8237

The Children’s Place & Parent Education Center
27 Burns Ave. 
Concord, NH 03302
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