New Jersey

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Adoption
Permanence

Essex ResourceNet provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for families in Essex County, NJ. We do not share our...

Adoption
Permanence

Resource Family Retention Plan The Department of Children and Families believe that all foster, adoptive and kinship families are a cherished resource...

Ombudsman (Complaints)

The DCF Office of Advocacy assists the Department in its mission to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families...

Independent Living Program

Every year in New Jersey, young adults, age 18, leave foster care. They often face challenges without the support of family and friends. Many are...

Health care

Medicaid is basic health insurance that is available to foster youth or former foster youth who are eligible. How to apply: You can apply online...

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If you are being physically harmed — or are in danger of being harmed — it's an emergency. DIAL 911

Consider speaking with a foster parent, caseworker, an Independent Living Provider, your Attorney (or CASA or GAL), your school counselor, a therapist, or church pastor. You can also contact FosterClub by clicking the talk icon in the lower right corner.

When it is safe to do so, contact your caseworker first. If you do not receive a response within 3 business days, you could contact the Manager at the branch where your caseworker works. Finally, you could contact your State's Ombudsman. Check out our Youth Guide to Complaints.

Health Care for Former Foster Youth 

Did you know that young people from foster care have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 through their 26th birthday? Qualification to access Medicaid is NOT dependant on employment or education status. 

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