NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s child services agency is meeting more court-ordered benchmarks but still has areas in which improvement is needed.
That is the conclusion of a report issued Tuesday by a federal monitor reviewing the state Department of Children and Families.
The Center of the Study of Social Policy gave the agency high marks for its placement of children in out-of-home care and for setting up neighborhood-based centers where families can go for access to social services. The report credited those centers for providing crucial support for families affected a year ago by Superstorm Sandy.
On the down side, the report says there is concern over children returning to abusive environments. It says DCF must do better with older youths in foster care.
The report covered July 2012 through March 2013.
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