On Thursday, June 21st, Vice President Mary Coogan was recognized with the 2018 Family Unification Day Hero Award, at the Legal Services of New Jersey’s (LSNJ) annual Family Unification Day. Her efforts in foster care, kinship care, children’s health and juvenile justice has helped thousands of families. Mary is head of ACNJ’s Kidlaw Legal Resource Center, which provides consultations to more than 500 parents and professionals each year on laws and policies in child protection, special education and family law.
Unification Day is a celebration of families involved in CP&P that were successfully reunified. Families from Camden, Burlington, Hudson, Gloucester, Essex, Middlesex and Passaic counties along with resource parents, social workers, CP&P caseworkers, CASA workers, and attorneys participated in this event.