What we want to do in 2021

What we want to do in 2021


With your continued generous support, in 2021, the Children’s Hope Initiative (CHI) will be able to help Somerset County’s abused and neglected children in the following ways:


I. Continue these programs that have continued in 2020 with Covid restrictions:

  • Cut waiting time in half for children to begin treatment at Family & Community Services in Bound Brook
  • Serve ten (10) 18-21-year-old young adults who have “aged out” of the child welfare system through the Middle Earth Visions Plus program
  • Provide paid mentors for elementary and middle school children through Middle Earth Lunchtime Mentoring
  • Serve up to 10 high school students in the Promise Plus Program offered by Middle Earth
  • Educate the community in Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Our effort is known as Resilient Youth of Somerset and our goal is to empower our community to help children overcome the damage done through abuse, neglect, and other childhood traumas.

II. When Covid restrictions are lifted and it is safe to resume these programs:

  • Provide “Fun Trips” for more than 50 abused and neglected children to the ropes adventure course, Dorney Park, Sculpture Gardens, Schaffer Farm
  • Provide a five-week, 5 day-a-week therapeutic respite summer camp at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center for 20 children offering equine therapy, karate, music/movement therapy, art therapy, etc.

III. Meet the Unmet Needs Identified in our 2020 Needs Assessment (CHI Needs Assessment Summary October 2020)


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Child Abuse Statistics

Children who experience abuse and neglect are 11 times more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 3.1 times more likely to commit a violent crime. (1)

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. (1)

Five children die every day as a result of child abuse in America. (2)

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. (3)

4,154 New Jersey children were in out-of-home placements and not in their own homes in October 2020 (4)


(1) https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/can/can-stats/

(2) http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11599.pdf (at page 1)

(3) http://www.childhelp.org

(4) https://www.nj.gov/dcf/childdata/continuous/Commissioners.Monthly.Report_10.20.pdf

US Government Statistics on Child Abuse & Neglect
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, child abuse, and neglect.

New Jersey Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services), including kids who are served in the homes of their birth parents and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families.
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/ (look at “Data” tab)