New law gives foster children school stability
New Jersey’s foster children now have the right to stay in their current school when entering foster care or changing placements, if remaining in that school is in the child’s best interest, under a bill recently signed into law by Governor Christie.
Previously, children entering a foster home attended school in the foster parents’ district. This new law is expected to provide these vulnerable children with educational stability that can help them succeed in school.
ACNJ will be providing more information on the details of the new law and how caregivers and others can advocate for the educational stability of children living in foster care. Read law
There will be ICLE program on “Representing Crime Victims” on October 1, 2010 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. It has been approved for 3.9 ICLE credits. The speakers are civil attorneys, Tim Barnes and Jeff Fritz along with Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure and Richard Pompelio. The materials handouts will include a copy of Richard Pompelio’s book, Crime Victim’s Rights: A Guide for Practitioners and Service Providers in the State of New Jersey. View program here.
Award-winning recording artist Anthony Hamilton will help CASA programs recruit needed African-American male volunteers in his new role as a spokesperson for the National CASA Association. He launched a 30-second radio public service announcement during his summer tour and will represent CASA at national child welfare conferences and events around the country to raise awareness of the growing number of African American children in the foster care system.
In an article appearing in the Chicago Defender, National CASA spokesperson Judge Glenda Hatchett shares her reasons for becoming a juvenile court judge. Read the article…
ACNJ, formerly Association for Children of New Jersey, is the trusted, independent voice putting children’s needs first for more than 30 years. Read more about this organization at http://www.acnj.org/home.asp?uri=1000&frst=1000