Efforts continue to improve communication between States

New Hampshire officials said Wednesday that efforts are underway to strengthen communication between states during child custody decisions as a new report was released on the Harmony Montgomery case. Harmony, 7, has not been seen for two years. On Wednesday, Massachusetts released a report examining the decisions made by that state’s Children and Families Division and the events that led to Harmony’s father being awarded custody of her. Her father, Adam Montgomery, remains the last known person to have seen her, according to police. New Hampshire released its own findings on Harmony’s case in February and highlighted areas that needed improvement when it comes to cross-border child protective services. While discussing the Massachusetts report, Gov. Chris Sununu said it was possible the Legislature would introduce new bills in the wake of Harmony’s disappearance. Joe Ribsam, director of the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, declined an interview but released a statement. “New Hampshire continues to work with child welfare agencies in other New England states to develop a new regional agreement on improving interstate collaboration and communication to improve results in cases involving multiple states,” he said. Harmony’s mother’s sister, Crystal Sorey, said her family fought for custody of the girl. “We tried to get it,” she said. “We tried to get her from DCF. DCF acted like a lot of her family members weren’t qualified, but then they gave her to Adam. You know, there’s tons of family that , when Crystal was down, we were more than capable of taking her.” The New Hampshire Office of the Children’s Advocate said it would continue to monitor and review Harmony’s case and said the Massachusetts report would be helpful in its systems review.

New Hampshire officials said Wednesday that efforts are underway to strengthen communication between states during child custody decisions as a new report was released on the Harmony Montgomery case.

Harmony, 7, has not been seen for two years. On Wednesday, Massachusetts released a report examining the decisions made by that state’s Children and Families Division and the events that led to Harmony’s father being awarded custody of her.

Her father, Adam Montgomery, remains the last known person to have seen her, according to police.

New Hampshire released its own findings on Harmony’s case in February and highlighted areas that needed improvement when it comes to cross-border child protective services.

While discussing the Massachusetts report, Gov. Chris Sununu said it was possible the Legislature would introduce new bills in the wake of Harmony’s disappearance.

Joe Ribsam, director of the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, declined an interview but released a statement.

“New Hampshire continues to work with child welfare agencies in other New England states to develop a new regional agreement on improving interstate collaboration and communication to improve results in cases involving multiple states,” he said.

Brittany Sorey, the sister of Harmony’s mother, Crystal Sorey, said her family fought for custody of the girl.

“We tried to get it,” she said. “We tried to get her from DCF. DCF acted like a lot of her family members weren’t qualified, but then they gave her to Adam. You know, there’s tons of family that , when Crystal was down, we were more than capable of taking her.”

The New Hampshire Office of the Children’s Advocate said it would continue to monitor and review Harmony’s case and said the Massachusetts report would be helpful in its systems review.

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