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Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Christie Administration's "Season of Service" Celebrates Family Reunification at FAMILYConnections "Home for the Holidays" Event in East Orange

Christie Administration's "Season of Service" Celebrates Family Reunification at FAMILYConnections "Home for the Holidays" Event in East Orange

TRENTON - Furthering the Christie Administration's "Season of Service" initiative and commitment to preserve families and help them succeed, New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Assistant Commissioner Lisa vonPier joined children and their families at the "Home for the Holidays" family reunification celebration hosted by Essex County-based FAMILYConnections.

"Home for the Holidays" celebrates the reunification of families with their children who have been in foster care. Families receive donated gifts and meals and participate in fun holiday activities.

"'Home for the Holidays' is very special to us because it brings together and celebrates families who have reunited during the year," said Assistant Commissioner vonPier. "Our goal is to keep families together and ensure that they and their children succeed and enjoy fulfilling futures. Seeing these families celebrate the holidays and their reunification is deeply meaningful to everyone in our entire department."

The nonprofit FAMILYConnections provides professional counseling, skills building, prevention and training services to more than 4,000 children, adults, and families each year in Essex and surrounding counties, with many programs delivered directly in preschools, schools, community centers, and in the home.

"Our Reunity House programs are a model of collaboration with DCF on behalf of families," said Paula Sabreen, executive director of FAMILYConnections. "Over several years, we have an amazing 98% success rate and that means that more than 400 children are out of foster care and safely reunified with their parents and siblings in strong, stable homes."

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.

Federal Monitor Reports Christie Administration Making "Significant Progress" Reforming Child Welfare System

Commends DCF's "Exemplary Work During & After Superstorm Sandy"

TRENTON - A new report by a federal monitor overseeing the state's child welfare system shows the Christie Administration's reform efforts are succeeding and making a positive difference for children and families. The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) found the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is continuing to "make significant progress" meeting requirements of an eight-year-old agreement to reform the state's child welfare system. Read the report HERE.

DFCP Community Program Directory

The Community Program Directory represents an ongoing commitment by DCF to increase access to resources that are designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse or neglect. The services identified in this Directory are funded by DCF's Family and Community Partnerships, a grant-making and best practices team committed to strengthening New Jersey's families. This Directory will be continuously updated online as additional resources for families become available. For more information click HERE .

FCP Community Provider Directory (PDF) FCP Directorio de Programas de la Comunidad (PDF)

Parent Handbook for Child Protection and Permanency Involved Families

This handbook explains the role of CP&P (formerly DYFS) and answers frequently asked questions about services and programs.

Statewide Parents' Handbook, English (PDF) Manual para los padres, en Espanol (PDF)

A Guide for Parents: When Your Child is in Foster Care

This guide was created to help families involved with CP&P (formerly DYFS) whose children have been placed in foster care. It gives information about why children have been removed from their parents' care, what to expect when this happens and how and when children can return home.

A Guide for Parents: When Your Child is in Foster Care, English(PDF) Una guia para los padres- cuando su hijo se encuentra en cuiado de crianza provisional, en Espanol(PDF)

"From Rights to Reality"

A publication developed with support from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Casey Family Programs. This publication is about helping parents achieve their rights within the child welfare system. It addresses helping parents become advocates and leaders in these issues.

Download the PDF

"Foster Care &Education Q&A Factsheet - How Can Child Welfare Agencies Get Education Information About Children in Their Care?"

Put together by the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, this Q&A details how child welfare agencies can access education records for students in foster care in compliance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including through the recent amendment to FERPA under the Uninterrupted Scholars Act of 2013.

Download the file


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