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What Data is Available?

Welcome to DCF's child welfare statistics and data page. We are working to regularly share information about our department's vast work in child welfare. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our site or the data presented here, please contact us by e-mailing .

Below (and on the left tool bar) is a list of the types of data available about DCF's services and about the children and families we serve.

Child Protection and Permanency Demographics  (Updated through June 2013)
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with Child Protection and Permanency, CP&P (formerly DYFS), including kids who are served in their birth parent's homes and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about our efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families.

Institutional Abuse  (Updated through December 2012)
In this section, you will find information about DCF investigations that address allegations of abuse and neglect in all public and private institutions and facilities, including schools, child care centers and foster homes.

Hotline Referrals   (Updated through June 2013)
The data on this page will give you information about our statewide child abuse and neglect hotline, where people call to report any signs of abuse or neglect. It includes stats on how many calls were abuse/neglect related or requests for family welfare services, as well as information about abuse/neglect substantiations.

Children's System of Care   (Updated through June 2011)
Here you can learn about how many children are accessing our services to aid with behavioral and mental challenges. This includes demographic information about children in care management, in out-of-home placement, and benefiting from our mobile response program.

Workforce & Caseload Data   (Updated through June 2013)
By clicking above, you will have access to the latest information about what the caseloads look like for our local DCP&P office staff, as well as how it matches up with the targets set in the Modified Settlement Agreement. This includes information on intake workers (initial investigators), permenancy workers (workers with children being served in their homes and in foster care), adoption workers (caseworkers focused on finding forever families for kids in need), and supervisors.

Outcome Data  (Some updates through June 2013)
Outcome data is the way we track how we are making a real impact in the lives of the kids and families we serve. Right now, this section includes information about finalized adoptions and children who still need forever families, the number of kids in kinship legal guardianship arrangements, and data focused on the experience of children when they are placed out of their homes.


Safe Haven Statistics
Yearly totals on Safe Haven surrenders and unsafe infant abandonments.

New Jersey Federal Child and Family Services Review