ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES PANEL TO HEAR FROM COMMISSIONERS & EXAMINE SERVICES TO CHILDREN WHO AGE OUT OF CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

(TRENTON) – Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) on Tuesday announced the panel will hear Thursday from two of Gov. Chris Christie’s Cabinet officials and examine services for children who age out of the child welfare system.

The committee will receive testimony from Commissioner of Human Services Jennifer Velez and the Acting Commissioner of Children and Families Kara Woods on their priorities for the departments. The committee will also receive testimony from invited guests regarding the New Jersey Child Placement Review Boards and services available to children who age out of the child welfare system.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in our child welfare system, but hard work remains and I’m very concerned about Gov. Christie’s plan to abolish the child advocate,” Vainieri Huttle said. “We’ll examine those issues closely, but also delve into an issue that hasn’t received enough attention – what happens to children who age out of our child welfare system.”

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13 in Committee Room 16, State House Annex, West State Street, Trenton. It will be streamed live at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/media/live_audio.asp.

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