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July 2011 E-news

ACNJ out front on child protection issues

Following ACNJ’s recent report about the steep drop in proven claims of abuse and neglect, Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake released more details about DYFS’ handling of a high-profile child death in Irvington and promised reforms, including more training for child abuse investigators.

Read the report on child abuse investigations.

Just last week, our report about the need to give children in foster care a voice in court hearings garnered significant media attention and won support from Commissioner Blake. ACNJ is working with a group of stakeholders to regularly involve children in the decisions that affect their lives.

Read the report on children in court.

ACNJ To kick off our 2nd What About the Kids campaign!

In November, all 120 seats in the state Legislature are up for grabs. This is a critical election. Candidates we elect to the Assembly and Senate will make important decisions about our children for years to come. We want to make sure they put kids first. Please help us raise the profile of children in this election and ask the candidates: What About the Kids?

We’ve just posted an online sign-up form and petition. We will be adding fact sheets on key issues, sample letters and e-mails, a list of candidates and other important information. Sign on today and we’ll send you regular updates as they become available.

Join the What About the Kids campaign.

Extraordinary individuals honored at ACNJ’s Annual Members Meeting

On June 15, ACNJ held its annual members meeting to recognize outstanding people who have contributed to the welfare of children across New Jersey. We paid tribute to Kit Ellenbogen, who retired from ACNJ after years of assisting parents, caregivers and school leaders to safeguard the educational rights of children. Also honored was Janet Farrand, former president of the Foster and Adoptive Family Services, Corinne Driver, a long-time ACNJ board member and dedicated child advocate and The Schumann Fund for New Jersey for its leadership in building quality early learning systems throughout New Jersey.

View pictures of the event.

ACNJ releases updated special education guide

Need help navigating New Jersey’s special education system? ACNJ’s KidLaw Center has just published an updated guide to special education. Whether you’re a parent, educator or child advocate, this guide can help you get the right education and supports for the child in your life.

You can download the guide online. Or, if you want hard copies, e-mail toni@acnj.org, with an address and the number of copies you want.

New child advocacy toolkit now available!

ACNJ also recently published The ABC’s of Child Advocacy to help you navigate the waters of child advocacy to make a difference for children in your town, your county or the state. A simple, easy-to-follow guide, this provides the basics of child advocacy.

Read the ABCs of Child Advocacy.

To help defray the cost of producing these publications and support ACNJ’s other activities, please consider a tax-deductible donation. You can donate online today!

In This Issue

Join ACNJ’s Election Campaign
ACNJ Honors Child Advocates
Updated Special Ed Guide
New Child Advocacy Toolkit


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