NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect - 2022 Skill Building Conference


NJ Task Force on
Child Abuse and Neglect
2023 Biennial Conference

October 19, 2023

9:30am — 3:30pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center Drive
Princeton, NJ


Registration is now closed.


A recent article released from the National Conference of State Legislatures noted that in 2020, more than 480,000 children came to the attention of child welfare systems throughout the country as a result of neglect. 

Two out of every three children entering foster care that same year were separated from their family with neglect being a primary or contributing factor in the decision to move to out-of-home placement.

Historically in child welfare circles, all too often, allegations of “neglect” are a coded way of saying that a family is dealing with the effects of poverty.  The issue isn’t that a parent is withholding some physical or emotional need from their child, but that the family has an unmet material need resulting from having little to no income.

Additionally, we know that a major contributing factor in the nation’s poverty epidemic is systemic and, institutional racism.  Black families are denied opportunities that are freely available to white families, through red-lining, disinvestment in public education in urban communities, over-policing and so much more.

As a result, families are often caught in a vicious cycle.  Families of color face systemic barriers to economic sufficiency, they get reported to child welfare for “neglect,” and they face the trauma and stigma associated with child welfare involvement.  Black families are disproportionately represented in child welfare throughout the country, and our system is structured such that they experience higher rates of family separation, with unrealistic expectations around reunification.

This intersection – of race, poverty, and neglect in child protective services in the U.S. – has to be explored and examined, in order to achieve social justice, and to ensure that the child welfare system doesn’t continue to be a tool for further systemic oppression.  The intention of child welfare is to uplift the child, youth, and the entire family.  In New Jersey, we’re looking for ways to do that, in a healing-centered, trauma-informed way.

Join us for a conversation about race, poverty, and neglect as it pertains to the child welfare system, in New Jersey and throughout the country.  We’ll hear from national experts as well as leaders on the ground in our home state, hoping to achieve a fairer, more equitable system for all families.

Register today to be a part of an important dialogue as we imagine a better way forward for child welfare in New Jersey.


Event Details:

Registration is now closed.


We are happy to announce that there will be no fee to participate in these conversations and that participation will be in-person.  You must be registered in order to attend.On-site, day-of registration is not available due to capacity. Only registered participants will be eligible for CEUs and NJDCF training hours for attending. Doors open at 8:30am. 

Once you have registered, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. Look for an email from Eventbrite (noreply@order.eventbrite.com). Make sure to check your Junk/Spam folder if you don't see it.

If you encounter any difficulty while attempting to register, call (609) 652-4270 for assistance, or email NJTFCAN@stockton.edu.

Registration closes October 12th or when maximum capacity is reached.

Conference Materials and Resources: 

Continuing Education:

The 2023 Biennial Conference will offer 4.5 Ethical or Cultural Competency Contact Hours of Continuing Education (CE) for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Stockton University is authorized to offer continuing education credits for social workers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts for licensure and certification renewal by the licensure boards in those states. Stockton’s undergraduate and graduate programs in social work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Stockton University, Office of Continuing Studies is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0635.

NJ Department of Children and Families employees will receive 4.5 Training Credits and have their attendance recorded in the DCF LMS.



Clare Anderson, MSW

Clare Anderson, MSW

Senior Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Mary E. Coogan, Esq.

Mary E. Coogan, Esq.

President & CEO, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Lisa Mishraky-Javier, LMSW

Lisa Mishraky-Javier, LMSW

Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Aysha E. Schomburg, JD

Aysha E. Schomburg, JD

Associate Commissioner,  Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families
Katherine Stoehr

Katherine Stoehr

First Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Children and Families


Nancy Carre-Lee, MSW

Nancy Carre-Lee, MSW

Kerry-Ann Henry, LSW

Kerry-Ann Henry, LSW

Benita R. Miller, Esq.

Benita R. Miller, Esq.

Florence Racine, MSW, LSW

Florence Racine, MSW, LSW


Conference Host Agencies


The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.


The purpose of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is to study and develop recommendations regarding the most effective means of improving the quality and scope of child protective and preventative services provided or supported by State government.


The Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University is facilitating logistics for this event.  The mission of CWEI is to support the ongoing transformation of the public child welfare system through social work education and professional training.  Our vision is safety and well-being for the children and families of New Jersey.



Need Assistance?

For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process or the event itself, please call (609) 652-4270 or email NJTFCAN@stockton.edu


Stockton University 
Child Welfare Education Institute
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205  


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