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December 8, 2015 Ernest Landante, Jr.

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Allison Blake  joined children and their families for "Home for the Holidays," a celebration of reunited families.  Robins' Nest, based in Glassboro, hosted the event held at Adelphia Restaurant and Lounge in Deptford on Monday evening.

DCF Commissioner Allison Blake attended the celebration, furthering the Christie Administration's commitment to, and support for, families and acknowledging their achievements.

"Home for the Holidays" celebrates the reunification of children, who have been in foster care, with their families.  During the event, families enjoyed dinner, participated in holiday arts and crafts activities, and played games.  Children also received gifts from Santa Claus.

"It's especially gratifying to see families together again," said DCF Commissioner Allison Blake.  "'Home for the Holidays' is a wonderful event recognizing the great value and importance of families.  The event occurring during the holiday season makes it exceptionally heartwarming."

Robins' Nest is a private, nonprofit 501(C) (3), children's services organization with accreditation from the Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children and by Healthy Families America. The organization's mission is to protect children from child abuse, support families, and enrich communities with services to improve their life quality.

"Robins' Nest is excited to partner again with the Department of Children and Families to host ‘Home for the Holidays,'" said Lisa Haya, director of child protection and permanency at Robins' Nest. "There is no greater gift than family being together at the holidays. It's is also a special time to recognize all that the parents and children have accomplished in the last year, to ensure that they could enjoy this holiday season together."

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves.  In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.