The Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships’ Community Program Directory provides public access to statewide resources that are designed to support family success and keep children safe. The programs and services listed are funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP). The Division is built on and comprised of best-practices and technical-assistance teams committed to building partnerships with the goal of developing a robust network of prevention support and services that are culturally responsive, strength-based and family centered.
This directory is updated regularly and available online at www.nj.gov/dcf
This handbook was created by The Department of Children and Families (DCF) / The Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) formerly known as DYFS to help families involved with the DCP&P whose children have been placed in foster care. Families need to know why children have been removed from their parents’ care, what to expect when this happens, and how and when their children can return home.
Because your child is now in placement, it is critically important for you to understand what will happen next, what you can expect from DCP&P and the Family Court, and what they will expect of you.
This handbook was written to answer some of the questions that parents ask. It can help to guide the work we will face together in the coming months so that your children can return home safely. However, reading this handbook should not take the place of paying careful attention to the specific details, timelines, and requirements of your own unique family situation.
State of New Jersey
Department of Children and Families
Division of Youth and Family Services
Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation. The Glossary identifies commonly held definitions for terms that can be found on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. It defines common acronyms and includes links to information on major Federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary will be updated as new terminology emerges in the field, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning. Click here to view the adoption Glossary http://www.childwelfare.gov/admin/glossary/index.cfm
We are excited to bring you the 2019 New Jersey Resources Directory! The guide is a
comprehensive resource identifying the various programs and services the Department of
Human Services offers to New Jersey residents, caregivers and advocates.
In this guide, a family can find out more information on how to apply for food, income
and employment assistance, as well as health care and much more. A caregiver can get
information on support programs and services to assist them in caring for their loved ones.
And individuals with disabilities and their families can get information on various services that
include in-home supports, vocational rehabilitation, and education.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, you can reach our certified Information and
Referral specialists through the Division of Disability Services toll-free at 1-888-285-3036.
The purpose of this Guide is to provide contact information to families in need of services and to assist them in understanding the resources that may be available to them. The Resource Guide also aims to assist individuals who advocate on behalf of children such as law guardians, CASA volunteers, case managers and others who routinely are called upon to locate services and provide information to families about available resources. The information and resources contained in the Guide are primarily available through State and governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations providing services to poor, low income or underserved families and children.
Special Education Clinic
Rutgers University School of Law
123 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Please Note: This guide is intended as a reference guide for foster parents (resource parents) providing foster care for children placed in their home by the New Jersey Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). It is not intended to offer legal advice or legal guidance.
For more information or if you have questions not answered in this guide, contact Mary Coogan, (email@example.com ), at Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s Kidlaw Resource Center.
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
Parents, guardians, caregivers and school administrators will sometimes disagree over whether a student resides in a school district and can be enrolled in a district public school. The information in this manual is designed to help parents, guardians and caregivers understand the legal concepts involved in residency disputes, and to inform them of their legal rights. Effective December 17, 2001, for the first time, the New Jersey Department of Education adopted regulations governing the residency requirements for admitting students to public schools. Those regulations provide extensive procedural protections to ensure that students are not denied an education during residency disputes.
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EDUCATION RIGHTS OF HOMELESS STUDENTS A GUIDE FOR ADVOCATES Revised 2017
There is no question that students who experience homelessness, like all students, are entitled to be educated. A federal law, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, requires states to provide homeless children and youth with the same access to free appropriate public education as is available to other students. The Act also requires states to review and revise barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance or success in school of homeless students, to avoid the segregation of homeless students from the mainstream school environment, and to provide access to the education and services needed to ensure that homeless students have an opportunity to meet the same challenging academic achievement standards to which all students are held. 1 The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aimed at ensuring all students access to a high-quality education, requires states and local school districts to annually publish data about the academic achievement of various subgroups of students; homeless students are now a separate subgroup for which such data (including high school graduation rates) must be reported annually, enhancing the accountability of school districts serving these students.
This booklet was developed to provide educators with basic information about adoption-related issues and the effect these issues might have on students, as well as suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for students who are adopted.
Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association
6864 NE 14 Street, Suite 5
Ankeny, Iowa 50021