NH Children's Residential Treatment

Our Approach

We believe in the participation and empowerment of any/all consumers in their treatment and education. Through opportunities for engagement and ownership of their treatment they can more quickly understand and make significant improvements in their wellness. We have found once people learn to fish, even in the muddiest of waters, they can flourish more independently, regardless of the challenges they face.

NFI North emphasizes a youth guided and family driven approach utilizing trauma informed practice and a non-punitive, non-coercive approach to treatment. Our services offer a wide range of in-home and out of home service options. Our treatment modality incorporates Evidence-Based and Promising Practices into our service array under the umbrella of our Normative Community Approach. This approach stems from a belief that all people are social and want to belong. We understand if we create meaningful opportunities for membership that people will choose behaviors, attitudes and values inherent to acceptance within that culture.

The organization’s programs and services work in a systemic manner building on the family’s strengths in order to effectively address the challenges that confront them. Individuals who participate in our services develop skills, which support greater self-sufficiency and capacity for success within their family and community.

The following NFI North services are available in New Hampshire:

Residential Programs:

Davenport School and Array

The Davenport is an all female adolescent intensive level treatment program located in the heart of the White Mountains. Davenport School includes a certified special education accredited high school on campus. Davenport opened July 31, 1995 to provide therapeutic services to youth and their families. Through the highly structured, staff secure programming, a positive peer culture is developed where staff and students model healthy and caring interactions within a community.   The Davenport School currently serves female students ranging from 13 to 18 years of age.The students receive a full compliment of educational and support services to promote a healthy, positive learning experience.

The mission statement at the Davenport School is “Care and commitment to myself and to others.” In essence, this means that each youth cares enough about him/herself to want to make the necessary changes in his/her life and is committed to his/her own treatment to make those changes happens. This also means that each individual will assist other community members in doing the same for themselves.

The Davenport School and NFI North are committed to providing quality services for all youth. We pride ourselves on establishing positive relationships in the least restrictive environment possible. The Davenport School attempts to provide flexible services that will vary depending upon the strengths and needs of each youth and her family. Therefore, the individual issues of each youth primarily drive the treatment.

A wide array of services are offered based on need using a multisystemic approach including;

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Youth Engagement and Peer Support
  • Parent Support and Resources
  • Life Skills
  • Behavior Management
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Employment Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Trust and Accountability
  • and more…

The Davenport School provides a caring and therapeutic environment for students and their families.

Family Driven

All NFI North programs place a primary emphasis on working with the participant’s family. Service occurs within the context of the family system, focusing on enhancing strengths and addressing needs with the family in the driver’s seat and working with the team as partners in the planning and service provision.

Systems and Structure

The Davenport program concentrates on teaching and modeling practical social and life skills to program participants. With this teaching approach, participants learn to develop their capacity to function successfully within society. NFI North’s philosophy centers on the individual becoming invested in their advancement. Programming is developed to help participants become less dependent upon the service network and better able to function autonomously. Services are developed to meet the needs of each program participant. The program provides a high level of structure and support for each individual as needed. As the individual develops his or her ability to function more independently, the program responds by reducing the level of supervision and structure.

Midway Shelter

NFI North has been providing essential Shelter Care services for the State of New Hampshire at our Midway Shelter since April of 1992. During those years NFI’s Midway Shelter has proven itself to be an extremely important component of the services that are available for referred youth.

Throughout this time NFI and the dedicated program team have worked tirelessly to provide shelter services that effectively address the broad needs presented by participating youth. Services within NFI’s shelter programs are tailored to meet the social, psychological, educational and mental health needs of the youth referred . The program also reaches out to families providing information, supportive counseling and problem solving. All of this is done within the context of a structured environment that helps to hold the youth accountable for his behavior and is able to respond appropriately to youth who are in both transition and in crisis.

The Midway Shelter, located on our 30 acre campus in Bradford, New Hampshire is a fully licensed, staff secure, program with an on-site certified school for adolescent boys and girls who are most often placed through the courts. Youth at Midway receive counseling, education classes and highly individualized services designed to help the youth return successfully to their home or next placement. The program also provides psychological and drug and alcohol assessments for youth so that proper treatment planning can be accomplished for the youth.

The Mission Statement of Midway Shelter is, “strive to learn and grow as a positive and productive member of the community”. Our mission is evident day to day in our programmatic structure and interactions with one another.  We also remind one another to be respectful and responsible in all interactions.  Through community support; the individual will develop dignity, self-worth and a sense of responsibility. Utilizing the normative culture model, it is our intent to create an atmosphere which is educational, supportive, therapeutic and challenging.

Program Overview

Midway Shelter is a short-term, court-ordered, residential treatment facility for adolescents, and the only shelter care program for children in the entire state of New Hampshire. The clients are placed in the program by the Division for Children, Youth and Family Services (DCYF). Many of our youth have emotional, behavioral and educational challenges. Some have legal entanglements such as delinquency charges, going through a family crisis and need a short break or may have a history of abuse and neglect. The youth served by Midway Shelter must be between the ages of 11 to 17. The program is designed for a stay of up to 60 days but more often youth only stay 2-4 weeks.

NFI’s approach is to work in partnership with the youth and his family, building from strengths, shared goals and objectives. This philosophical underpinning when combined with the Agency’s Normative Approach becomes a particularly powerful means for engaging families in the delivery of services. The program provides regular opportunities for families to receive support and services from the shelter. Regular family meetings and groups are held along with events known as “family days”. Family days provide a less formal more social way for families to come and participate in the program. For many families this is a less threatening way for them to become engaged in the program.


NFI North has a zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. We are committed to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct according to the provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) (P.L. 108-79).

PREA Coordinator: Randa Tenney

NFI North PREA Policy (do not copy without permission)

Click here to see NFI North’s NH Midway FINAL Audit Report 1_12_2016.

To Report Sexual Abuse and/or Sexual Harassment

If a child tells you that he or she has been hurt or you are concerned that a child may be the victim of any type of abuse or neglect, you are required to call the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit at:

Telephone: (800) 894-5533

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)

Call your local police department with urgent child abuse or neglect reports during DCYF non-work hours (between 4:30 PM and 8:00 AM or on weekends and holidays).

Proof of abuse and neglect is not required to make a report and you may report anonymously.

DCYF Central Intake Information

Merrimack County Advocacy Center

Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline: Telephone: (800) 277-5570

Merrimack County Advocacy Center

10 Green Street,Concord, NH 03301, (603) 219-0627

NFI North uses the following Internal Investigation Guidelines to investigate allegations.