Improvments seen in NJ's foster adoption services

Filed under: Adoption

The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), a part of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in my home state of New Jersey has been under a lot of fire over the past few years in the way they oversee the child welfare system, especially in how adoptions of foster children are handled. Remember that horrible case of a husband and wife a few years ago that (literally) almost starved their adopted children to death? That was a situation where the oversight was lax and children suffered because of it.

However, it appears from this story that things are turning around for DYFS and that the processes and policies in place are helping to insure that kids are placed with stable and loving families and that nothing falls through the cracks. Of course, no system is perfect, and the state of New Jersey has to do a better job of policing this branch of the government.

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