NJ DCF prepared to step in to ensure safety and order for affected residents
In anticipation of Hurricane Irene, evacuations have been ordered to ensure safety and order for affected citizens. The Department of Children and Families knows that our contracted and licensed agencies take evacuation orders seriously and have plans in place in the event that children and families residing in residential programs or individual homes need to be re-located, or child care center operations need to be re-located to safer locations.
“We appreciate the ongoing efforts of all of our partners to ensure the safety of the children and families we work with,” DCF Commissioner Allison Blake said.
Commissioner Blake is asking that providers access their local emergency management systems, and advises that information is available at www.ready.nj.gov.
In the event providers need to re-locate children and/or families residing in a DCF contracted or licensed child-care center, residential program or individual home to a safer location, Commissioner Blake advises that the agencies follow the below protocols to report their re-location plans to DCF:
• Residential/Foster Home/Treatment Home Providers/Child Care Centers/Domestic Violence Shelters
In the event you need to re-locate a child or family with an open Division of Youth and Families Services (DYFS) case, call DCF’s Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-877-652-2837 to report the re-location plan for the child or family.
• Programs Licensed by DCF’s Office of Licensing
During regular business hours, if your agency’s program is licensed by DCF’s Office of Licensing, in addition to calling DCF’s Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline, call the appropriate number below:
Childcare Centers NORTH: (609) 826-3980
Childcare Centers SOUTH: (609) 777-5945
24 hour mental health programs: (609) 826-3999
After hours, please call DCF’s Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-877-652-2873 to report your agency’s re-location plan.
In addition, Commissioner Blake advises that the DYFS Special Response Units (SPRU) will be utilized as needed if allegations of child abuse or neglect must be responded to in evacuated areas. SPRU workers will work with law enforcement in these areas. DCF’s Child Abuse/Neglect hotline will continue normal operations and be available to accept and respond to reports of child abuse and neglect around the clock. To reach the hotline, call 1-877-NJ ABUSE