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A Win for New Jersey Advocacy Centers

posted Jun 28, 2016, 8:50 AM by   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 8:53 AM ]

Roughly 12,000 New Jersey children fall victim to some form of abuse each year.  For each case reported, advocates say many more cases go undocumented.  The New Jersey Children's Alliance (NJCA) along with Senator Stephen Sweeney brought forth Bill S972 to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.  This bill will appropriate $10 million into a child advocacy multi-disciplinary team fund.  These funds will go toward creating a statewide system of child abuse prevention services.

At the Y we are fortunate to have two Child Advocacy Centers in our counties to support us in such cases - Winona's House in Newark and Ginnie's House in Newton.  Child advocacy centers provide a child focused approach to dealing with child abuse.

The Bill has passed out of Committee and will now go to the Governor's office.  Click here for a video with more information.