New Jersey Child Welfare Performance Climbs to New High

“Commissioner, you and your staff should indeed be applauded . . .  .”

U.S. District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler’s comments on the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ performance, July 19, 2017.


“This is a good report. Yes, there is work to be done. There will probably always be work to be done. But it is clear that progress is continuing to be made on a regular and consistent basis.”

“. . . I remember what brought this case here, and that and those results are remarkable achievements for a child-welfare organization and program, and in fact warrant appropriate recognition by this Court and by society. So, Commissioner, you and your staff should indeed be applauded for that achievement.”

“I take a look at what we’ve done over the last 6 or 7 years, and this achievement has largely been made because of the continuity of leadership in this organization . . .  . And that kind of continuity I hope continues . . .  . So I applaud your efforts and have been delighted that you’ve been here for this period of time.”

“And I will simply repeat that the only way that this agency can continue to perform and to improve is through a consistency of leadership and consistent, adequate maintenance of funding for the professionals. I am very happy to see that both of those things have occurred and applaud everybody involved.”