State of New Jersey
Executive Order #53

Governor James J. Florio

Continues Executive orders #51, 110, 173 and 217 (Kean). Continued by Executive Order #19 Whitman.

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 51 created a Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse to (a) study the problem of child abuse in New Jersey and make recommendations for corrective action, (b) educate the public about this problem and offer prevention strategies, (c) develop mechanisms to facilitate early detection of child abuse, furnish appropriate services to the victims of child abuse and their families, and foster cooperative working relationships between responsible agencies, and (d) provide other information on child abuse as the Governor may request; and

WHEREAS, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse was to conclude its work by January 1, 1985; and

WHEREAS, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse was subsequently renamed the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, was continued in existence for additional two year periods by Executive Orders No. 110, 173, and 217 and expired on December 31, 1991; and

WHEREAS, there continues to be a need for the Task Force to educate the community and make the public aware of this serious social problem, to prevent child abuse and neglect, to coordinate activities relating to child abuse and neglect, and to ensure community support for these child protection measures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this state, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is continued in existence until December 31, 1993, retroactive to December 31, 1991.

2. Except as expressly provided herein, the powers and responsibilities of the Task Force pursuant to Executive Order No. 51, No. 110, Executive Order No. 173 and Executive Order No. 217 are continued.

3. The Task Force may solicit, receive, disburse and monitor grants and other funds available from any governmental, public, private, not-for-profit or for-profit source, including, but not limited, to funding available under any federal or State law, regulation or program.

4. The Department of Human Services is authorized and directed to furnish the Task Force with such staff, office space and supplies as necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order.

5. All other provisions of Executive Order No. 51, Executive Order No. 110, Executive Order No. 173 and Executive Order No. 217 shall remain in full force and effect without any modification.

6. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall expire on December 31, 1993.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
24th day of January in the Year of Our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-two, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and sixteenth.


/s/ James J. Florio


M. Robert DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor