JUNE 2023

Congratulations to College Graduates Tiara and Ash!

L to R: Youth Support Specialist, Annette Flores with Ash. Tiara at college graduation.

Two participants in Children’s Aid and Family Services’ Mobility Mentoring program graduated from college this spring, both with bright futures ahead and inspiring stories to share.

Mobility Mentoring is offered to young people aging out of foster care who are entering adulthood and losing vital support systems. One-on-one coaching helps them set goals, learn essential life skills, obtain higher education opportunities, and achieve financial independence.

We interviewed Anette Flores, Youth Support Specialist at Children’s Aid and Family Services and asked her to share a bit about her experience with these two inspiring young people.

Read about Tiara and Ash

STRIVE Happenings

The STRIVE Day Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities has had a busy calendar of events this spring including hosting an art show featuring STRIVE participants artwork and a focused afternoon learning about the job interview process.

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Children’s Aid Chosen for Grant to Address Student Mental Health Needs

Steven Mangold portrait

To help address the crisis of youth mental health affecting our state and nation, Children’s Aid and Family Services has been selected as one of 15 statewide service providers by the Department of Children and Families to establish New Jersey Statewide Student Support Services. Children’s Aid is joining forces with four local mental health agencies to provide much-needed prevention and clinical services to students and their families. “This is an initiative to create a system of support to children in every school district in Bergen County to provide equal access to prevention services,” says Ellen Elias, Executive Vice President of Community Engagement and Prevention at the agency.

Organization and Foundation Support

Children’s Aid and Family Services gratefully acknowledges the many generous organizations and foundations that provided grants to support its programs for vulnerable children, adults and families during 2023.

  • Allendale Women’s Club
  • Blue Foundry Charitable Foundation
  • Carolyn Jane Scott Charitable Trust
  • Columbia Bank Foundation
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Greater Bergen Realtor CARES Foundation
  • Nordstrom
  • Orange Orphan Society
  • PSEG Foundation
  • St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church
  • The Greater Newark Holiday Fund
  • The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • The Kaplen Fund
  • The Lillian P. Schenck Foundation
  • The Price Family Foundation
  • The Provident Bank Foundation
  • Turrell Fund
  • The Valley Hospital Foundation