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Youth Advisory Boards

Are youth driven forums, made up of current and former foster (ages 18-22) youth, that promote leadership and advocacy skills:

  • 15 Youth Advisory Boards (YABs) represent youth in all 21 counties.
  • Provide input and feedback on how to improve DCF policy, procedures and services.
  • Present issues of concern and possible solutions twice a year to the Commissioner, the DCF Executive Staff and CP&P Senior Staff.
  • Participate in skill building activities such as public speaking, training, planning and participation in community service projects.
  • Bi-weekly meetings with transportation and food provided.
  • Executive YAB members are paid!
  • Quarterly Statewide Meetings with all 15 boards.

For contact and further information please visit New Jersey Youth Resource Spot (

Youth Partnerships

For more information, contact your local Youth Advisory Board Coordinator:

The Division of Children's System of Care supports similar advocacy and peer leadership groups for young people who identify as having mental health challenges and/or receive services through CSOC.  They are sponsored by their local Family Support Organization in each county/region.  The FSO contact information can be found at