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Friday, January 4, 2013 Trenton, NJ – Highlighting the vital work of New Jersey’s community service organizations, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today visited Paramus-based Children’s Aid and Family Services, one of the state’s premier organizations providing innovative and high quality childcare and early childhood education, adoption services, foster care and counseling support throughout northern New Jersey.
The Lt. Governor’s visit to Children’s Aid and Family Services included a tour of the agency’s flagship building at 200 Robin Road, a facility financed with low-interest loan support from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA).
“It’s a pleasure to highlight the extraordinary work of Children’s Aid and Family Services, a truly inspirational New Jersey success story,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “For over a century, the agency has offered a helping hand to the most vulnerable residents across the region through their unique programs and services. It’s especially good to see that NJEDA financing support has played such an instrumental role in their ongoing growth in Paramus.”
In July 2011, Children’s Aid and Family Services refinanced nearly $3.5 million in existing loans at a lower interest rate with the NJEDA, which, in turn, was used in-part to finance the construction of the agency’s administrative offices and the Turrell Child Care & Early Learning Center, which provides high quality early education to children ages eight weeks through kindergarten.
“Through the NJEDA’s financing programs, the State is able to support non-profit organizations that deliver significant social and economic benefits to New Jersey,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Michele Brown. “We are pleased to have assisted Children’s Aid and Family Services, which continues to play a vital role in the northern New Jersey region.”
“I am delighted that the Lt. Governor visited Turrell Child Care & Early Learning Center to see for herself the lifeline this service provides to so many children from low income families,” said Bob Jones, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Children’s Aid and Family Services. “A quality education is the cornerstone of success in life and we are proud to offer this in a truly nurturing environment in a top notch facility. The savings we have achieved by the NJEDA’s low-interest loan have been invaluable to us as a non-profit organization and have allowed us to reinvest in our facilities and focus on our mission to support vulnerable children and families.”
Motivated by compassion for vulnerable and at-risk children, young adults, the elderly and their families, Children’s Aid and Family Services has been a mainstay across the northern New Jersey region since 1899.
To date, the agency’s efforts have help place more than 10,000 infants and children with loving families, while touching thousands of other lives through its comprehensive portfolio of senior assistance programs, trauma and crisis services, aid to individuals with developmental disabilities and parental skills guidance, among other areas of support.
Children’s Aid and Family Services is one of the 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 for vulnerable children, young adults, frail elderly and their families, it provides high-quality and innovative services that meet their social, educational and emotional needs.
For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.
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