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June 2015
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Most NJ foster kids live with families, new report finds

With 91 percent of children in New Jersey’s foster care system living with families – not in institution-like settings – New Jersey was among the top 10 nationally for providing this critical care for vulnerable children, according to the latest KIDS COUNT® report from Annie E. Casey Foundation, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success.

Many other states did not fare as well. The report found that on any given night 57,000 children across the nation go to bed without the care and comfort of a family.

View the report.

Read the NJ news release.

Race focus of NJ Kids Count Forums

You've seen the data. Now let's find solutions to make New Jersey the best place for kids. Join us this Thursday, June 4, for our South Jersey Kids Count Forum, the first of our two forums. The North Jersey Forum is set for June 18.

Click here to register online and to view the forum agenda.

Network with other leaders to discuss strategies to address specific issues affecting children in your county and region. This year we will have a specific focus on race and child well-being. These events are free, but we have a limited capacity and this year we will only have two forums -- one in the north and one in the south.  We will be serving a hot breakfast at each Forum, so register today and invite your colleagues as well.

Family Reunification Day Set for June 29

As part of the annual nationwide American Bar Association Family Reunification effort, Legal Services of New Jersey will once again celebrate Family Reunification Day at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m.

Each year, Legal Services focuses on one of the critical services and procedures necessary to make reunification possible. This year’s focus will be on the intersection between housing and child welfare.

Learn more and register for this free event.

Missed the affordable health care open enrollment?

NJ Citizen Action can help. Certain life changes make you eligible for healthcare during this special enrollment period. You may qualify if you had a baby, got married or divorced, became a U.S. citizen and other changes. Learn more by calling NJ Citizen Action at 1-888-829-3711.

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