(Paramus, NJ) January 28, 2015 – The Board of Trustees of Children’s Aid and Family Services has announced the appointment of Jerrold B. Binney, Esq. as President and CEO, effective February 9, 2015. He will assume responsibility for managing all aspects of the agency’s operations.

Mr. Binney most recently served as Acting Administrator for the County of Bergen.  Formerly, he was a partner in the Teaneck office of DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP. where he specialized in public/private partnerships and governmental affairs. He has had an extensive career in public service, and has served as a Legislative Aide, NJ General Assembly; Assistant Director, Department of Human Services and as Chief of Staff for the County of Bergen.

Mr. Binney has served as a member of Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Board of Trustees for 12 years, and as Chair of its Government Relations Committee. He has significant experience in human services and transition management. “We are extremely pleased that Jerry is joining Children’s Aid and Family Services as President and CEO,” says Bruce Brady, Chair, agency Board of Trustees. “He has a thorough understanding of the organization and its partnership with government in serving the needs of the community. Jerry has a passion for the agency’s mission, and is dedicated to helping improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. I look forward to working alongside Jerry as we continue the important work of Children’s Aid and Family Services.”

Mr. Binney received his B.A. with honors in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. He also studied at the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has been a resident of New Jersey for over 33 years, and has been active in numerous nonprofits, including serving as a Trustee for the Northern New Jersey Gilda’s Club Inc., and as pro bono counsel to the NJ211 Partnership.

Longtime President & CEO Bob Jones, Ph.D., is retiring from the agency after a nearly 30-year career.  He will be available to assist in the transition process.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Bob for his nearly 30 years of distinguished service to our organization and to the community,” says Mr. Brady. “His leadership, professional contributions and commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families act as a true measure of community service at its best.”

History of Children’s Aid and Family Services

Founded in 1899 by volunteers to help find families for orphaned children, Children’s Aid and Family Services’ mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Dr. Robert Jones is only the fourth CEO in the agency’s history. In his nearly 30 years serving as CEO, he led the merger of Children’s Aid and Adoption Society and Family Counseling Services of Ridgewood in 1995, which created Children’s Aid and Family Services – a specialized children’s treatment agency. The children the agency serves generally have backgrounds of severe trauma, neglect, medical issues and multiple foster care placements.

During Dr. Jones’s tenure, the agency has expanded to include services for people with developmental disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education and shelter and support for teenage mothers. He has worked tirelessly to engage the community in the agency’s mission, creating a volunteer program that has grown to over 1,000 people.

A nationally recognized leader in the human services field, Dr. Jones has published numerous articles, presented at conferences throughout the U.S., and been the recipient of many awards in recognition of his work. These include the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award from the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, the Walter Head Foundation Award for Leadership in Program Innovation and Development from Rotary International, District 7490, and the Salute to Volunteerism Award from the Bergen-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross.  He holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Administration from Rutgers University and is an adjunct professor of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert B. Jones Vision Fund

In recognition of Dr. Jones’ long and distinguished service to Children’s Aid and Family Services, the Board of Trustees has announced the creation of the Robert B. Jones Vision Fund to develop and sustain high quality, innovative services and continue his leadership legacy. A special recognition event for Dr. Jones is also to be held on February 7. Full details of this event are available here.

“It has been a privilege to lead this organization and work with so many people in the community to help some of our most vulnerable children and families,” says Dr. Jones. “I have known Jerry Binney for many years and am confident he will be an exceptional leader who continues to strengthen the services the agency offers. I wish Jerry, the Board of Trustees, the staff and the many volunteers at Children’s Aid and Family Services all of the best.”

About Children’s Aid and Family Services           

Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 110 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion and in partnership with the community, we make positive lasting differences in the lives of those we serve. We provide high quality, innovative services to children and their families that advance social, educational and emotional development and wellbeing. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.

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