CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT & MISSING CHILDREN
According to the Department of Children and Families (DCF), school staff continues to remain the primary reporters of potential situations of child abuse and neglect; generally making up almost 20% of reports. Because this has been consistent over the years, the school community has been identified as primary partners in the prevention/intervention of potential child abuse and neglect situations.
Currently, N.J.S.A. 18A: 36-25 requires that each district board of education develop policies for the early detection of missing and abused children which must provide for the notification to the appropriate law enforcement and child welfare authorities when a missing or abused child situation is suspected. N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11.1 establishes regulations for fulfilling this statutory requirement that reflect the notification, reporting and cooperation of schools in these situations.
To help school district employees, volunteers and interns meet the training requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11.1(8)i, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, has developed training modules that provide local school districts with comprehensive reference materials to assist in training school personnel, volunteers and interns about the requirement to report potential abuse and neglect child situations.
- New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11) Reporting Potentially Missing and Abused Children
- Frequently Asked Question About Reporting Potentially Missing or Abused Children (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11)
General Information and Referral
Financial Support and Insurance Services
Work and Employment Programs and Services
- Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey
- Department of Children and Families – Division of Family and Community Partnerships (formerly Prevention and Community Partnerships)
- Division of Family and Community Partnerships Program Directory
- How and When to Report Abuse and Neglect
- NJ 2-1-1
Just dial - 2-1-1 or Calls to 2-1-1 are always free and confidential and are handled in English and Spanish. 2-1-1 creates one easy access point to the health, human services, community resources, and government assistance people need every day as well as in times of crisis. You may search the 211 database on line, call 2-1-1 from your telephone, or chat LIVE with a 2-1-1 specialist.
- NJ Child Assault Prevention
- NJ Division of Aging and Community Services (Adult Protective Services)
- NJ Helps
The NJ Helps DHS Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in New Jersey. This includes the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
- NJ Resource Guide for Women
- Women’s Referral Central
- NJ Self Help Clearinghouse
- Prevent Child Abuse NJ
- Strengthening Families and Communities: 2012 Resource Guide serves as a resource for service providers that work with parents, caregivers and children for the purpose of family strengthening around issues related to child abuse and neglect. The resource guide provides useful information about protective factors designed to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and offers strategies for changing communities. It also provides a range of tools and supplemental information that may prove useful in strengthening families.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please call 877-294-4356 TTY to access any hotline. Voice callers use 7-1-1 NJ Relay.
- Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry)
877-NJ Abuse (652-2873)
- Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) formerly DYFS 1-855-INFO-DCF (1-855-463-6323) This hotline provides easy access and a timely response to questions, concerns, disputes and recommendations regarding services provided by DCP&P or by an agency with a license or contract from DCP&P.
- Family Helpline (Parents Anonymous)
Call the Family Helpline and work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs.
- Safe Haven Infant Protection Hotline
This is a toll free hotline for distressed parents who wish to give up an unwanted infant anonymously, with no fear of arrest or prosecution. While information will be requested, no names or records are required.
- Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline
- Child Care Hotline
- Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies NJ Child Care Helpline
- NJ Cares for Kids (Childcare Assistance)
- Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) Hotline
- Division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH)
- Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
- Division of Disabilities Services (DDS)
888-285-3036 / 609-292-1210 TTY
- Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
- Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund
- Food Stamps
- Kinship Navigator Program (For Caregivers that are not Parents)
- NJ FamilyCare
- NJ FamilyCare / Medicare Call Center
- PAAD (Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled)
- State Disability Insurance (Department of Labor & Workforce Development)
- Support for Working Families (Transitional Supports Hotline)
- Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
New Jersey WIC State Office: (609) 292-9560 Local WIC Agencies: 866 44 NJ WIC (446-5942)
- Universal Services Fund (USF)
(Help with utility bills for low-income families and individuals)
- Workfirst NJ (Welfare for Families and Individuals)
- Lifeline Program
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral Energy Service, Inc. (NJSHARES)
- Universal Service Fund (USF) NJ Board of Public Utilities
- Winter Termination Program NJ Board of Public Utilities
- Homelessness Prevention Housing Assistance Program Element (HAP)
- NJ Housing Resource Center (HRC) (for accessible, affordable housing)
- State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP)
- Displaced Homemakers Centers
- Hispanic Women's Resource Center Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
- NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)
- NJ Next Stop
- One-Stop Career Centers
- Workforce NJ