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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.com, with an address and the number of copies you want.
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.
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!
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