16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Karen H. Carpenter, MA, JD
Karen H. Carpenter, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Children's Trust Fund, embraces the challenge of addressing the difficult topic of child abuse and neglect prevention, constantly striving to shift the conversation from a deficit-based dialogue to one that promotes strengthening and supporting families. With passion, integrity, and a tireless commitment, Ms. Carpenter unites likely and unlikely partners to spread the message that communities prosper when children are safe and families strong. Skilled at drawing connections between primary prevention and family health and well-being, she advocates the cause to be universal family support, helping all communities prosper, and a greater social good rather than solely the prevention of child maltreatment.
As the Executive Director for New Hampshire's State lead agency for child abuse and neglect prevention, Ms. Carpenter persists on local, state, and national levels to enhance the public's knowledge regarding their ability and responsibility to achieve positive change in the lives of children and families. With strategic positioning, she leverages funding and support for prevention programs from both traditional and non-traditional resources. She also acts on the recognition that a key component to preventing child abuse and neglect is collaboration with community and State of New Hampshire agencies, especially the Division for Children,Youth and Families, in order to strengthen an integrated statewide system of support for families.
Ms. Carpenter's history includes over 30 years of experience leading both profit and nonprofit organizations. Her extensive knowledge of marketing, program management, and resource development confirm her as an asset to the New Hampshire Children's Trust Fund and the field of primary prevention.