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Legislative Agenda - Child Welfare
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NASW-NJ LEGISLATIVE AGENDA:

Child Welfare

NASW NJ advocates for:

  • Those working with children to be trained to understand the importance of working with the whole family and addressing all environmental factors in a culturally competent way.
  • Increased resources to support community – based child neglect and abuse prevention activities and family support programs.
  • Legislation and efforts that support the achievement of economic stability for all children and families.
  • Increased support and funding of NJ Family Success Centers so families and children can thrive.
  • Funding of ongoing quality services to protect children affected by poverty, abuse, neglect, trauma, family violence, behavioral, health and mental health issues, developmental disabilities, and substance use.
  • Funding and increased availability of quality child care for all NJ families.
  • Increasing funding and access to preschool programs for all NJ children.
  • Improved safety and security in schools and communities so children/families can focus on education and overall child well-being.
  • Ensuring that all children have access to fully funded community-based healthcare.
  • Continued monitoring of NJ’s child welfare reform plan. 
  • Continued funding, development, and training of staff within the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and DCF’s Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) unit.
  • Cost of living increases for reimbursement rates of contractual services provided within the CSOC and CP&P to maintain quality providers for families in the system.
  • Continued oversight to ensure CP&P is committed to supporting children and families through collaboration with partner entities throughout their protection and permanency efforts.
  • Increased support and expansion of School Based Health Centers.
  • Increased funding and expansion of Head Start programs.
  • Support funding for Infant Mental Health programs to improve outcomes for children and families.
  • Promotion of incentives for BSWs and MSWs to pursue careers in child welfare. 
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