Family Reunification Day Celebration

Family Reunification Day
Monday, June 29, 2015 2 p.m. - New Jersey Law Center
 One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ

As part of the annual nationwide American Bar Association Family Reunification effort, Legal Services of New Jersey once again celebrated Family Reunification Day at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on Monday, June 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. Each year we focus on one of the critical services and procedures necessary to make reunification possible. This year’s focus was on the intersection between housing and child welfare. LSNJ honored several successfully reunified families from Ocean, Essex, Bergen, Middlesex, Passaic, Atlantic, and Somerset counties, as well as four Reunification Day heroes: Rosemarie & Manny Arroyo, Resource Parents, Bergen County; Michael Wroblewski, Esq., Office of Parental Representation, Middlesex County; Alonda Sullivan, Esq., Office of Parental Representation, Essex County; and Maralyn Soto, Relative Resource Parent, Essex County.

Principal Speakers Included:

 Lisa von Pier
Assistant Commissioner
New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency
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 Dorothy E. Roberts
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
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Ruth White, MSSA
Executive Director
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
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Hope VanSickle
Former Reunification Day Honoree
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Housing's Critical Role in the Child Welfare System

This video, produced by Legal Services of New Jersey and presented at the 2015 Family Reunification Day celebration, explores the intersection between housing and child welfare, and the need for a more holistic, compassionate approach to helping these families.

For information on National Family Reunification Month: