About Us

Giving every child the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated

Children can’t vote. They have no political influence. They can’t tell our state leaders what they need. That’s why we’re here.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) works with local, state and federal leaders to identify and implement changes that will benefit New Jersey’s children.

Our work results in better laws and policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families. This means more children are given the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.

A cornerstone of ACNJ’s success is its independence. We are strictly non-partisan and accept no government funding for advocacy, freeing us to focus on our sole mission – helping children.

Our Mission

To identify children’s needs through research, policy and legal analysis and strategic communications, to raise awareness of those needs and to work with elected officials and other decision-makers to enact effective responses.

Our Vision

Investments in our children reap results. Not for just one child, but for thousands of children across New Jersey. Changes in public policy can mean the difference between growing up healthy and strong or facing a lifelong struggle to survive. What is public policy?

ACNJ’s goal is to help all children grow up safe, healthy and educated, so they can become productive adults, contributing to New Jersey’s communities, securing our future and making the state a better place to live.

Learn more about our work

ACNJ accomplishments
Board of Trustees
Meet our staff
ACNJ history

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