of New Jersey
WHEREAS, children are our society's most precious resource and must be
valued as our greatest blessing; and
WHEREAS, the protection of children and the strengthening of families
is an essential commitment of this Administration; and
WHEREAS, the protection of children and the delivery of critical services
to children in need requires the attention and concerted focus of the
highest levels of government; and
WHEREAS, the establishment of a Governor's Cabinet for Children will
coordinate and marshal the resources of State government and non-governmental
agencies and programs and provide a critical mechanism to ensure the delivery
of the highest level of services to children;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New
Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
There is hereby established the Governor's Cabinet for Children.
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall consist of twenty (20)
members, including the Commissioner of Human Services, the Commissioner
of the Department of Education, the Commissioner of the Department
of Health and Senior Services, the Commissioner of the Department
of Community Affairs, the Attorney General, the Treasurer, the Public
Defender, the Special Deputy Commissioner for Children's Services
in the Department of Human Services, the Child Advocate and the Executive
Director of the Juvenile Justice Commission. The Governor shall also
appoint ten (10) public members with expertise and experience in the
area of strengthening children and families. The Governor shall designate
a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among the Children's Cabinet
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall develop a strategic plan
for strengthening children's and family services in New Jersey. The
strategic plan shall identify policies and necessary mechanisms to
coordinate the provision of services to children at risk of child
abuse or neglect. The strategic plan shall specifically consider the
roles of and the need for coordination among the full range of programs
and services that address the needs of children, including child welfare
agencies, the courts, law enforcement, schools, health programs, correctional
agencies, local governments and community groups and organizations.
The strategic plan shall constitute a comprehensive planning resource
for all State and local agencies and programs, as well as non-governmental
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall comprehensively examine
on an ongoing basis the statutory mission of all State agencies with
a focus on the protection of children and the strengthening of families
and evaluate the delivery of services by these agencies.
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall foster collaboration among
all agencies of State government so that children are served by a
system that achieves the highest standard of care and effectiveness,
while comprehensively integrating and marshalling all available resources.
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall annually make recommendations
to the Governor and the Legislature for the provision of the highest
level of services and programs to the children of this State.
The Governor's Cabinet for Children shall monitor and assist in the
implementation of the Department of Human Services' Transformation
The Governor's Cabinet for Children is authorized to call upon any
department, office, division or agency of State government and any
public institution of higher education to provide such information,
resources or other assistance deemed necessary to discharge its responsibilities
under this Order. Each department, office, division and agency of
this State is hereby directed to cooperate with the Governor's Cabinet
for Children and to furnish it with such information, personnel and
assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order.
Members of the Governor's Cabinet for Children shall serve without
compensation, except that they may receive per diem and travel expenses.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 19th day
of May in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Three, and of the Independence of the
United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Seventh.
/s/ James E. McGreevey
/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor