New Jersey Department of Children and Families

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state government agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities in New Jersey through comprehensive oversight and programming.

Department of Children and Families
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Agency overview
Preceding agency
JurisdictionNew Jersey
Headquarters50 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey
Agency executive
  • Christine Norbut Beyer, Commissioner


In 2006, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine proposed a revamping of the statewide child welfare system, which was under the auspices of the Department of Human Services, and creation of a new cabinet-level department. He selected Kevin Ryan to lead as the first commissioner.[1] The DCF was created in July 2006 with the dedicated goal to serve and safeguard the most vulnerable children and families in the state. It has evolved to be more inclusive of the extended community. As of 2018, there were approximately 6,600 employees.[2]


  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Children's System of Care
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Adolescent Services
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Licensing
  • Performance Management and Accountability
  • Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit
  • Women
  • Strategic Development

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jones, Richard Lezin (19 March 2006). "Insiders Say Corzine Plans New Unit for Child Welfare". Retrieved 8 January 2018 – via
  2. ^ "DCF". Retrieved 8 January 2018.