Union County Receives State Grant for Family Success Center

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TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Division of Family and Community Partnerships has awarded Prevention Links in Roselle a $240,000 to develop a new Family Success Center to serve families in Union County.

This award is part of $1,680,000 to six counties across the state including Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Salem and Union and will expand the total number of Family Success Centers across the state to 49.

Union County is currently home to two centers. The purpose of the Family Success Center is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering places where community residents can go for family support, information, referrals and access services at no cost to them.

“I am truly excited about the expansion of our network of Family Success Centers and that Roselle will be home to one and it will translate positively to the children and families we serve,” said Allison Blake, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. “The Centers are an effective vehicle for parents not only to access needed services, but a way in which parents can become stewards of their respective communities helping to develop services that work for them and their families.”

In addition to the new center in Roselle, other community organizations and locations awarded funding to run a Family Success Center include:

  • Camden County (2 Centers)
    • Robin’s Nest Inc., Camden*
    • Center for Family Services, Inc., Camden
  • Cumberland County
    • · South Jersey Hospital, Inc., Vineland
  • Gloucester County
    • · Robins’ Nest Inc., Glassboro *
  • Middlesex County
    • · The Jewish Renaissance Foundation, Inc., Perth Amboy
  • Salem County
    • · Robins’ Nest Inc., Penns Grove *

*Robins’ Nest, Inc. is headquartered in Glassboro,  but will develop the Family Success Centers in Camden, Salem and Gloucester Counties.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), New Jersey’s state child welfare agency, was created in July 2006 as the state’s first Cabinet agency devoted exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families in New Jersey. DCF includes the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Division of Family and Community Partnerships, Division of Children’s System of Care and Division on Women.

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