CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Executive Council has approved Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s nomination of Moira O’Neill as director of a new office to help better protect children.

O’Neill was confirmed Wednesday as the first director of the Office of the Child Advocate.

She’s served as an assistant child advocate for the state of Connecticut for 11 years.

Lawmakers created the position last year as part of a larger effort to reform New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has been under scrutiny since two toddlers under its supervision were killed in 2014 and 2015. An independent review of the agency concluded that it often fails to help children who are at risk of being harmed.