The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.
This is done with an array of evidence-based, family-centered programs and services that are provided through a robust network of community providers using work-practices that incorporate racial equity, are healing centered and utilize a protective factors framework.
Collectively, the DCF and its partners are working to: increase kindship placements and family connections; prevent maltreatment and promote strong families; integrate consumer voice in all programs and services; cultivate a culture of accountability; maximize federal revenue; provide an integrated and inclusive system of care for youth; safeguard staff and promote professional satisfaction.
Products and Services
DCF provides publications about child abuse and neglect, parenting and other topics of interest to families. Please be sure to see the see the categories for “Child Safety”, “Child Abuse/Neglect”, “Parenting”, “Safe Haven”, and “Substance Abuse” at this link: https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/index.html
All literature is provided at no cost.
Child Abuse Prevention
How Can I Help?
There are several ways you can support one of our valuable programs for children and families. Click HERE to make a donation by credit card or by E-Check. There is a $200 limit per credit card transaction. For donations greater than $200, please use E-Check.
To donate by paper check Download a donation form.
Covid-19 and the Impact on Children’s Mental Health
There have been a series of articles like this and this and this from throughout the country focused on the impact COVID-19 has had on young people’s mental wellness. Social distancing has, for many, meant remote learning, no recreational sports, no birthday parties or school dances; no group outlet. For youth already struggling with grades or confidence or belonging, the pandemic has exacerbated their mood swings, emotional withdrawal, substance use or behavioral conditions. Families need to know that there is help available. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support 24/7/365. Please share the downloadable flyers (located here) with your constituency and through your social media channels. Help us spread the word so that at-risk youth can get the support they need.