†This just arrived from DCF, a loss for NJ -we appreciate all work he did!
I write this afternoon to share with you that I am stepping down
as commissioner of the Department of Children and Families at the
end of February.
Over the past 6 years, it has been my great privilege to serve
New Jersey and partner with you to make a difference in the lives
of children, youth and families. I am particularly grateful to
Governor Jon Corzine for his friendship and trust, and most
especially his deep and abiding commitment to the children and
families we serve. He has been there time and again for us as we
labored to give birth to real and lasting reform. That work is
far from over and there is hard work ahead, but it has now taken
hold in an† unprecedented fashion, with record achievements in
adoptions, new foster families, caseload reductions, and
expansions in new behavioral health services and new family
success programs across the state. I have enormous confidence
that the leadership team and staff at DCF will carry on the
reform with community leaders with the same focus and skill they
have exhibited repeatedly.
I remain passionate about our kids’ future, and am eager to
continue to improve conditions for children through the Amelior
and MCJ Foundations, which I will join in March. Their
philanthropy focuses on improving the lives of children most
at-risk, particularly in Newark and Africa. Internationally, the
Foundation is concentrating on the eradication of malaria through
Malaria No More, an organization it helped create. I am ready and
eager to help in these vital efforts as I begin a new chapter in
Please know that I so appreciate all you have done for children
and families – truly. Our kids have such wonderful advocates in
you – together, we can continue to build for them the bright
future they deserve.
Department of Children and Families