Child Protection

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

Protecting Children and Youth

Since its inception, ACNJ has worked to ensure the safety and well-being of our children and youth. Today, ACNJ is particularly focused on preventing inappropriate placement of children and youth into foster care and addressing the disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare system.

Since 2003, New Jersey has been under a federal court order which requires that numerous benchmarks be met. The state has made significant progress, meeting 44 of the 48 benchmarks. View monitor’s reports.

ACNJ is working with other members of the NJ Children in Court Improvement Committee to help improve NJ’s child welfare system. Read ACNJ’s posts for updates.

ACNJ is not a first responder. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the New Jersey child abuse hotline at 1-877- NJ Abuse (877-652-2873).

If you have a question about a case or are having trouble with a case handled by the Department of Children and Families, including the Division of Child Protection and Permanency and the Children’s System of Care, 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.