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The Office of Advocacy provides information and referral services, advocacy support to families, enhance service provision and assist in resolving constituent issues and concerns.  Here are just a few ways the DCF Office of Advocacy can help youth:

  • Answer questions about DCF’s Divisions, Offices, Programs and services
  • Help resolve communication issues with DCF staff
  • Provide information about foster care or adoption services
  • Provide advocacy support to families

The Office of Advocacy can be reached by calling toll-free 1-877-543-7864, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by emailing askdcf@dcf.state.nj.us

 

One Simple Wish is a national nonprofit that provides basic needs, special requests & exciting experiences through our wish granting program for children and young adults in foster care & those who have aged out of foster care. Wishes can be made through a DCF caseworker or through other social service agencies, churches & schools. Most wishes range in value from $5-$500 and examples include clothing & shoes, assistance with school & employment fees, transportation expenses, small furnishings and home items, tickets to movies & events, sporting equipment, graduation & prom supplies and much more.  For more information visit: www.onesimplewish.org.

 

National Networks to Connect DCP&P Youth

Foster Club: www.fosterclub.org

Foster Care Alumni of America: www.fostercarealumni.org

All Stars Project Inc.: www.allstars.org

 

Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care

Click HERE to download a guide from the National Resource Center for Youth Development which was written specifically for youth in foster care, with input from youth and professionals.  This guide looks at ways for youth to handle powerful feelings and behaviors and make healthy choices.