Last week, the federal monitor released her latest report on New Jersey’s progress in working with troubled families and children in foster care and meeting the requirements of the Sustainability and Exit Plan (SEP). The report covers July to December 2018.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has now satisfied 42 of the 48 performance measures that are required as part of the court-ordered settlement plan, including, for the first time, the requirement to conductmonthly visits with siblings placed apart.
Three of the measures still to be achieved directly measure core elements of case practice: teaming, quality of case plans, and services to support transitions. Another measure involves visits between workers and parents when a child’s goal is reunification.
DCF Commissioner Norbut Beyer was commended for creating an Office of Family Voice to promote and facilitate the inclusion of youth and family voice in decisions involving policies and practices that impact their lives and for her focus on workforce well-being.
Since 2004, New Jersey has been under a federal court order to reform its child protection system. On November 4, 2015, the federal court approved a Sustainability and Exit Plan (SEP), which allowed DCF to direct its focus on quality and outcomes.
Reports are released to the Honorable Stanley Chesler of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and the public approximately every six months by federal court monitor Judith Meltzer.
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