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New Jersey state law permits the Department to release records and reports to any person engaged in a bona fide research purpose provided that no names or identifying information are made available.

DCF is pleased to evaluate requests for research projects that involve primary data collection as well as secondary data analyses.  These requests will be evaluated in the context of the Department's mission to serve vulnerable children and families in New Jersey.

Click on these links for more information regarding research protocol and procedures:

Research Review Committee Protocol - Overview of Procedures

Application for Proposed Research Projects Involving Access to DCF-affiliated Staff, Programs, Families, Children and Youth

Application for Proposed Research Projects Involving Existing Client Records or Data