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Youth Advisory Boards

DCP&P has 12 county-based Youth Advisory Boards (YABs) throughout the state.  Contracts were awarded to non-profit community agencies to host and coordinate each YAB.

Through the YABs, teens and young adults have an opportunity to provide input and feedback on adolescent programming and policy to DCF management and staff.  They are youth driven forums that strive to empower youth in foster care and homeless youth to successfully transition into adulthood upon leaving the DCF system of care.  Youth develop and enhance their advocacy and leadership skills through public speaking, community service, training, interaction with positive role models, and having a voice in the policy, practice, and programming for DCF involved adolescents.

Any adolescent in placement is eligible to become a member of their local Youth Advisory Board.  DCF staff and other advocates are encouraged to assist a youth they are working with to join and/or be aware of the activities of their local YAB.

For more information, contact your local Youth Advisory Board:

Atlantic/Cape May
Atlantic/Cape May YAP
Frances Blackwell
(856) 691-1540

Robins Nest, Inc.
Grant Hildebrand
(856) 881-8689

Monmouth County
Catholic Charities
Mike Hudson
(732) 502- 9245

Bergen County
Children’s Aid and Family Services
Jaquie Kohlberger
(201) 445-7015

Essex County
Tri-City Peoples Corporation
Alan Ogletree
(973) 675-4484

Middlesex County
utgers University Transitions for Youth
Elizabeth Salerno
(732) 932-8758

Burlington County
Twin Oaks
Rich Reiner
(609) 518-5470

Hunterdon/Somerset /Warren Counties
Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children
Tichina Smith
(908) 526-6686

Passaic County
NJ Community Development Corporation
Farrah Irving
(973) 413-1604 

Camden County
Camden County YAP
Tasha Williams
(856) 546-3701

Mercer County
Shiloh Community Development Corporation
Allen Harrison
(609) 392-0034

Union County
Community Access Unlimited
Howard Wingard
(908) 354-3040

Youth Partnerships

For more information, contact your local Youth Advisory Board:

The Division of Children's System of Care supports similiar advocacy and peer leadership groups for young people who identify as having mental health challenges and/or receive services through CSOC.  They are sponsored by their local Family Support Organization in each county/region.  The FSO contact information can be found at