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In partnership with New Jersey’s communities, DCF will ensure the safety, well‐being, and success of New Jersey’s children and families.




To ensure a better today and even greater tomorrow for every individual we serve.



  • We value the unique strengths, needs and abilities of all individuals.
  • We achieve positive outcomes through individualized, family-oriented, child and youth centered services.
  • We foster healthy relationships that promote safety and well-being for children, youth, adults and families.
  • We are ethical, fair and transparent in all that we do.
  • We are culturally aware, informed and responsive; we value and respect diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
  • We work in partnership with individuals, families and the community, as well as with other state departments and within DCF, to build connection, strength and success.
  • We are professional, highly-trained and committed to the communities we serve.
  • We provide excellent customer service so anyone can easily find and access services when needed.
  • We provide innovative solutions aligned with community needs.
  • We are accountable to our partners, ourselves and the communities we serve.
  • We are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
  • We continually seek to learn and correct ourselves when needed to provide the very best solutions for children, youth, individuals and families.
  • We recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with our system.
  • We listen to and communicate openly and honestly with the community and with our partners.



Strategic Priorities (Areas of Focus) & Strategic Goals



Seamless System of Care

To provide ease of access to care for children, youth and families



Continuous Quality Improvement

To ensure the integrity and quality of DCF’s system of care



To collaborate with stakeholders and community partners to improve outcomes for New Jersey children, youth and families



To enhance the effectiveness of communication with employees, partners, the media and the general public



Organizational Development

To continually examine and prepare the organization structurally, in alignment with the mission and strategic plan



To view the full Strategic Plan 2016-2018, please click HERE.