February 23, 2017 (Paramus and Westfield, NJ) – Children’s Aid and Family Services and A Birthday Wish have partnered to help children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. There are approximately 7,400 children living in foster care in the state of New Jersey. Children’s Aid and Family Services, based in Paramus, NJ, is one of northern New Jersey’s leading nonprofit providers of human services and child welfare programs. The organization provides therapeutic foster care for children who have been severely abused and neglected.
A Birthday Wish, located in Westfield, New Jersey, will bring some joy to the children in foster care served by Children’s Aid and Family Services by granting each child’s birthday wish. Founded by Jane Hoffman in 2014, A Birthday Wish grants the birthday wishes of children in New Jersey foster care. To date, they have granted well over 1,000 birthday wishes throughout 11 New Jersey counties. “Many of these children are victims of abuse or neglect, some have lost a parent, they need to know they matter on their birthday,” says Hoffman, who was inspired to start the nonprofit when she learned that many children and teens in foster care don’t receive a gift on their birthday.
“We are very excited to partner with A Birthday Wish,” says Sara Huisking, Director of Development for Children’s Aid and Family Services. “They will help us in making sure the children we serve experience one of the basic joys of childhood, a happy birthday.”
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 115 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.
About A Birthday Wish
A Birthday Wish was founded with the steadfast commitment to let each child in New Jersey foster care know that they are special and that their life truly matters. A Birthday Wish exists to give children in New Jersey foster care a birthday gift and card selected specifically for them. In the process, A Birthday Wish works to raise awareness about the issues surrounding foster care and advocate for better ways to serve these wonderful children. For more information on A Birthday Wish, please visit www.ABirthdayWish.org.