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New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)

New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is New Jersey’s state child welfare agency. DCF encompasses: Youth and Family Services; Child Behavioral Health Services; Prevention and Community Partnerships; Specialized Education Services; Child Welfare Training Academy; Centralized Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline.

DCF is focused on strengthening families and achieving: safety, well-being and permanency for all New Jersey's children. Current priorities focus on reducing caseloads, developing a trained workforce, managing outcomes by data, and recruiting more safe and loving foster homes for our most vulnerable children.

To report child abuse or neglect, please call the hotline at 1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873)

Constituents with any department inquiries, concerns or questions can contact the DCF Office of Advocacy by calling the toll-free number at 1-877-543-7864, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am-4:30 pm or EMAIL US and the Office of Advocacy will respond.

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Last Updated: 12/29/21