Child Protection

Goal: All children will be free from abuse or neglect and safe in permanent homes.

Since its inception, ACNJ has labored to ensure that children are safe from abuse and neglect. When children are abused or neglected, the state must work quickly to help families address the problems that led to placement in foster care. If that is not possible, then the state must find permanent, loving homes for these children in a timely manner.

Since 2004, New Jersey has been under a federal court order to reform its child protection system. That effort has resulted in smaller caseloads for child protection workers, more foster homes and an increase in adoptions. Progress is tracked by a court-appointed monitor. View monitor reports.

ACNJ is working in specific areas to better protect children:

ACNJ is not a first responder. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the New Jersey child abuse hotline at 877-652-2973.

If you are having trouble with a case handled by the Department of Children and Families, including the Division of Youth and Family Services and Division of Child Behavior Health, call the department’s Office of Advocacy at 877-543-7864. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or email at askDCF@dcf.state.nj.us.