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For Immediate Release Contact:  Ernest Landante, Jr.
December 8, 2014  609-292-0422

TRENTON - Furthering the Christie Administration's "Season of Service" initiative and commitment to preserve families and help them succeed, New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Allison Blake joined children and their families at the "Home for the Holidays" family reunification celebration hosted by Glassboro-based Robin's Nest and held at Masso's Red Pine Inn.

"'Home for the Holidays" celebrates the reunification of families with their children who have been in foster care.  Families receive donated gifts and meals and participate in fun holiday activities.

"It gives us all a feeling of joy and gratification when families reunite," said DCF Commissioner Allison Blake.  "'Home for the Holidays' is a beautiful event that celebrates the importance of families.  It's even more special when it happens during this time of year - a season filled with giving and happiness."

Robins' Nest is a private, nonprofit 501(C) (3), children's services organization accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children and by Healthy Families America.  The organization battles child abuse, neglect, poverty, mental illness, and other social problems through innovative, life-enhancing services.

"It is a tremendous feeling to celebrate families who worked hard and successfully overcame adversity," said Lisa Haya, director of child protection and permanency at Robin's Nest.  "'Home for the Holidays' is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to take pride in their strengths as a family and recognize all they've accomplishments on their road to reunification."

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves.  In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.

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