State of New Jersey
Executive Order #19

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

Continues Executive orders #51, 110, 173 and 217 (Kean) and #53 (Florio)..

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 51 of Governor Kean created the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse on November 16, 1983; and

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

WHEREAS, on July 19, 1985 the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse was subsequently renamed the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect pursuant to Executive Order No. 110 by Governor Kean; and

WHEREAS, the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect was continued by Executive Order Nos. 110, 173 and 217 of Governor Kean and by Executive Order No. 53 of Governor Florio until it expired on December 31, 1993; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Task Force have continued to address with dedication the problem of child abuse and neglect within the State; and

WHEREAS, there is still 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, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, 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 hereby continued as of December 31, 1993 and shall remain in existence until December 31, 1996.

2. The Task Force shall consist of no more than 15 public members appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall appoint the public members from among persons representing prosecutors' offices, police departments, physicians, hospitals, schools, civic groups, public housing authorities, child advocacy organizations, public service agencies, business and industry, and child or family social work organizations. The Governor may also appoint victims of child abuse or their families and county freeholders as public members.

The Commissioners of the Departments of Human Services, Education, Health, Corrections and Community Affairs; the Secretary of State; the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court; the Attorney General and the Superintendent of the State Police; or their designees, shall also serve on the Task Force.

3. Task Force vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.

4. 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.

5. All departments, agencies and divisions are authorized and directed, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to continue to cooperate with the Task Force.

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

7. All other provisions of Executive Order Nos. 51, 110, 173 and 217 of Governor Kean and Executive Order No. 53 of Governor Florio shall remain in full force and effect without any modification.

8. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 2nd day of May in the Year of
Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred
and ninety-four and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and eighteenth.



Peter Verniero
Chief Counsel to the Governor