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New Jersey State Information

In New Jersey, approximately over 171,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 58,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The New Jersey Division on Family development is the lead agency when it comes to kinship care. New Jersey recognizes the importance of kinship care givers in the state, and has many programs, agencies, and forms of assistance for kinship care families. The State offers various services through their Kinship Navigator Program, which can be found in the link below. The Kinship Navigator assists kinship caregivers through the process of obtaining assistance. New Jersey also has specific forms of financial assistance for eligible kinship care families, which can be found online at the Kinship Navigator Program.

New Jersey offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for many forms of kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 171,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 58,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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