Terms Used In New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:12-c
- Allegation: something that someone says happened.
- Child: means any person who has not reached his eighteenth birthday. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Department: means the department of health and human services. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Legal custody: means a status created by court order embodying the following rights and responsibilities unless otherwise modified by court order:
(a) The right to determine where and with whom the child shall live;
(b) The right to have the physical possession of the child;
(c) The right and the duty to protect and constructively discipline the child; and
(d) The responsibility to provide the child with food, clothing, shelter, education, emotional security and ordinary medical care provided that such rights and responsibilities shall be exercised subject to the power, rights, duties and responsibilities of the guardian of the child and subject to residual parental rights and responsibilities if these have not been terminated by judicial decree. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Notice: means communication given in person or in writing to the parent, guardian, custodian or other interested party not having custody or control of the child, of the time and place fixed for hearing; and it shall be given in all cases, unless it appears to the court that such notice will be ineffectual. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Parent: means mother, father, adoptive parent, but such term shall not include a parent as to whom the parent-child relationship has been terminated by judicial decree or voluntary relinquishment. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- petition: when used in connection with the equity jurisdiction of the superior court, and referring to a document filed with the court, shall mean complaint, and "petitioner" shall mean plaintiff. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 21:51
- Protective supervision: means the status of a child who has been placed with a child placing agency pending the adjudicatory hearing. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- Sexual abuse: means the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or having a child assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or any simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct; or the rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 169-C:3
- state: when applied to different parts of the United States, may extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall include said district and territories. See New Hampshire Revised Statutes 21:4
A parent who is the subject of an abuse or neglect petition not involving sexual abuse shall be entitled to request a medical examination of each child involved by a licensed physician of the parent’s choice at the parent’s expense within 72 hours of the first official notice of the complaint received by the parent. Where the department has assumed protective supervision or legal custody of the child and an examination of the child is necessary to verify or refute an allegation of injury, the department shall cooperate with the request and shall transport the child to the physician’s office for examination provided that the physician’s office is within a reasonable distance of the district office that is conducting the abuse or neglect investigation. The transportation of a child to a physician’s office that is located within the state of New Hampshire shall be presumed to be reasonable under this section.