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The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.

This is done with an array of evidence-based, family-centered programs and services that are provided through a robust network of community providers using work-practices that incorporate racial equity, are healing centered and utilize a protective factors framework. 

Collectively, the DCF and its partners are working to: increase kinship placements and family connections; prevent maltreatment and promote strong families; integrate consumer voice in all programs and services; cultivate a culture of accountability; maximize federal revenue; provide an integrated and inclusive system of care for youth; safeguard staff and promote professional satisfaction.

DCF is comprised of the following divisions and offices:  

  • Central Office of Administration

  • Division of Child Protection and Permanency

  • Division of Children’s System of Care

  • Division of Family and Community Partnerships

  • Division On Women

  • Office of Adolescent Services

  • Office of Communications/Legislative and Public Affairs

  • Office of Education

  • Office of Family Voice

  • Office of Licensing

  • Office of Performance Management and Accountability

  • Office of Training and Professional Development

  • The Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit


View the DCF Table of Organization