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Volunteer Appreciation

Monday, May 23, 2016

Every year, Children’s Aid and Family Services holds a Volunteer Appreciation Reception to recognize and honor the amazing volunteers who serve our agency. The theme of this year’s event was “Real Life Superheroes: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact!” CAFS had the pleasure of honoring 12 individual and corporate volunteers who use their “Superpowers” to positively impact our children’s lives.

Meet Tiyanah - Our Spring Appeal Story

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When you talk to Tiyanah, the first thing you notice is her wisdom. Only 22-years-old, she speaks about her life as though she is decades older. On the cusp of graduating from a state university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies and Psychology and a certificate in Child Advocacy, she is full of dreams that she is determined to bring to life...

Click here to finish reading Tiyanah's Story.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Children's Aid and Family Services has been in existence for over 100 years and was founded by a group of volunteers.  In this time, we have had thousands of volunteers come through our doors.  Every one of them has made an impact on our staff, our community and most importantly the children in our care.  From our special event volunteers, to our educational tutors, to office adminstration volunteers to our furry little friends in our pet therapy program; we wouldn't be able to do the work that we do if it wasn't for their help.  We wanted to take a moment out of our week to simply say than

Recovery Coach Volunteers Needed

Monday, April 11, 2016

Your experience could help save lives! The recovery coach academy is seeking addicts who have been drug-free for three years and who will participate in a 30-hour training program and provide on-call coverage in local emergency rooms. The idea is to start a conversation about treatment, initiated by someone who remains active in the recovery community, attend 12-step meetings and provide contact follow-up for at least 60 days.

Those interested in coaching should call the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children's Aid and Family Services, at 201-740-7069.

Thank you Mr. Cupcakes

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Visit any Mr. Cupcakes location in the month of April and purchase a Maddie cupcake!  50% of the proceeds will come back to Children's Aid and Family Services.  We're thrilled for this partnership with Mr. Cupcakes and so thankful for all of their support! 

Click here to read Maddie's story. 

Visit Mr. Cupcakes website for a list of locations including Clifton, Hawthorne, Hackensack, Oradell and Chatham.

Help us Win a Makeover for one of our homes!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Help us to continue to make a difference. We’re participating in the 7th annual ‘IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge’ – a program that gives us the chance to win a makeover from IKEA Paramus, NJ. A makeover of one of our home's main living space would be an ideal way to make our house a "home" for the children that we serve.

Participating is simple. All you have to do is go to and vote for us! You can vote once a day from March 27th until April 10th. It’s that easy!

Volunteers Needed at The Depot Gift Shop

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Depot Gift Shop is operated entirely by volunteers. It is currently seeking volunteers to either work a 3 ½-hour shift every other week (from Monday through Friday) or a 3 ½-hour shift per month (on Saturday). Featuring home and garden accessories, unique gifts, American-made handcrafts, women’s and children’s accessories, and personalized service, The Depot is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Check out the Depot's website for more information!

Volunteer with the Recovery Coach Academy.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Your experience could help save lives.
The Bergen County Recovery Coach Academy was developed to enlist former opioid users who are living a life of recovery and want to volunteer as Recovery Coach Peer Mentors.

Read the attached flyer for more information.

An update on Noah's journey

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Noah couldn't believe it when he opened his Christmas present. It was the Titan Hero Tech Iron Man action figure and it talked. He had wanted this toy so much! He showed it to the other boys at the agency’s Path Home and to Miss Anna. Noah felt so strong, just like he was helping Iron Man fight the bad guys! 

Shaken Not Stirred Pictures

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thank you to everyone that made our Shaken Not Stirred Event a huge success! 


Click here to see pictures from the event.

Hilde Goldberg

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Hilde Goldberg, who served as the first Director of Turrell Child Care & Early Learning Center. Ms. Goldberg was a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women, the organization that was instrumental in founding the Turrell Center in 1971. At that time, the Turrell Center was located in a church on Forest Avenue in Paramus. Ms. Goldberg was known for always putting the needs of others first. “Hilde taught everyone. She had such a positive attitude and always helped everyone grow.

Noah's first trip to the museum

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

8-year-old Noah lives in Path I, one of our therapeutic group homes for children in foster care.  He and the other boys went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time. Listen to his trip below.

Watch Noah's Story

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Noah is 8-years-old and lives in Path I, one of our therapeutic group homes for children in foster care. In less than one year, his confidence, sense of safety and security and trust in adults have soared. Watch Noah's story below.  Watch his journey and see how you help us create healing homes for children with backgrounds of severe trauma. Click here to read about Noah's journey.

Shaken Not Stirred

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tickets are now available for our Shaken Not Stirred Event on Saturday December 5, 2015.  Don't miss this delightful event filled with casino games, silent auction, fabulous food and more!

Join our celebrity guests, legendary NY Giants Bart Oates and Harry Carson and best-selling authors Mary Higgins Clark and Harlan Coben for a fun evening supporting medical care for children in foster care. 

Click here for more information about tickets and sponsorships.

Pictures from An Evening of Wine and Food

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thank you to everyone that attended our Evening of Wine and Food.  The evening was a tremendous success.  Click here for pictures from the event.

Sneak Peek at our Silent Auction

Monday, October 19, 2015

We're less then a week away from our Evening of Wine and Food. We wanted to share a sneak peek of our fabulous silent auction! 

Click here to browse our auction catalog including must-have items like VIP Tickets to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, once in a lifetime vacations and much much more. 

To purchase tickets to this event click here.


An Evening of Wine and Food

Monday, October 12, 2015

We're less then two weeks away from our Evening of Wine and Food.  This event will feature wine tastings paired with delicious cuisine, open bar and sumptuous desserts. Have fun bidding on unique items from our exciting silent auction. All proceeds benefit vulnerable children and families in our community.  The evenings honorees are Samsung Eletronics North America, Tracey and David Gerber and Andrea and Jordi Visser. 

Tickets are still available and can be purchased here!

Building Futures Awards

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thank you to everyone that attended our Building Futures Awards.  We were thrilled to honor such a great group of individuals, government officials, nonprofits and corporations.  Every one of the honorees has made a lasting impact on our community.  The honorees from last night were The Borough of Fair Lawn, Buck, Seifort & Jost, Inc., The Honorable Nicholas Felice, Freeholder David Ganz, Robert B. Jones, Maribeth Lane, Microsoft, Sheriff Michael Saudino, St. Elizabeth's Church Outreach Committee, Table to Table and Lilia Wood. Congratulations again to all the honorees!

'Tis the season

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We know it may be a little early but ... did you know there are only 75 days until Hanukkah, 94 days until Kwanzaa, and 93 days until Christmas?

Mike Adler

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Mike Adler's passing.  Elaine and Mike Adler have been generous supporters of our agency for years.