(Paramus, NJ) – May 23, 2013 – Children’s Aid and Family Services hosted an event to open its Medical Services & Advocacy Center for children in foster care. Led by medical director Anne Armstrong-Coben, M.D., the Medical Services & Advocacy Center includes an onsite facility for medical screenings, triage and treatment. It is located at Children’s Aid and Family Services, 200 Robin Road, Paramus, NJ.

The event was attended by several local legislators, including Bergen County Freeholders John Felice, Joan Voss and John Mitchell, as well as Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, area pediatricians including Wayne Yankus, M.D., Frank Manginello, M.D., Raj Gandhi, M.D. and Lisa Nalven, M.D. and donors and supports that have helped make this initiative possible.

“We opened our Medical Services and Advocacy Center to meet the increasingly complex medical needs of our children in foster care,” says Bob Jones, Ph.D., president & CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services. “Often, our children come to us with little or no medical records, frequently have chronic medical conditions that have been undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and have rarely seen the same doctor with any consistency. Our goal is to help them receive the best possible care, the kind we would want for our own children or grandchildren. The Center is the first of its kind, and it is funded almost entirely by philanthropy.”

The Center’s work includes close liaison with specialists and comprehensive coordination of the children’s medical care with all those involved in their foster care, including those planning for the children’s futures. This team-based approach to providing consistent medical care complements the therapeutic and psychiatric support given to help these children heal and move forward with their lives.

About Children’s Aid and Family Services

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 and to learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 201.261.2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.

For more information:
Liz Mason (201) 261-2800 lmason@cafsnj.org
Sheila Riccardi (201) 261-2800 sriccardi@cafsnj.org

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