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New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment

The Institute for Families has partnered with The New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology to establish the New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment (NJCC).  NJCC will begin implementing a statewide quality improvement program this fall that promotes advances in knowledge, policy and practice within the field of child abuse and neglect forensic evaluation and treatment.

NJCC will facilitate a number of activities designed to define the scope of current forensic evaluation practice, identify processes and systems that impact the quality and use of expert evaluations, meet critical training and workforce development needs, facilitate expert consultation, and ensure effective dissemination of best practices.  NJCC will accomplish these goals through active engagement of the forensic evaluation and treatment community, including the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers, other forensic evaluators, and state and national experts that specialize in culturally-competent, trauma-informed assessment practices.  Statewide activities facilitated through the NJCC in partnership with DCF will include:

  • A study of forensic evaluation utilization
  • Peer review processes in partnership with NJ forensic evaluation providers
  • Development of standard metrics to assess practice
  • Consultation with local and national experts
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Development of materials and resources
  • Dissemination of knowledge and information

Affiliated state and national experts include:

  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Lisa Fontes, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mark D. Everson, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Janet Cahill, PhD, Rowan University
  • Mary Beirne, MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and NJ DCF
  • Rich Cevasco, EdD, Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare
  • Jeff Dickert, PhD, Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare

For more information about NJCC or upcoming activities, please email us at


2018 Statewide Summit
May 30, 2018
Rutgers University, Busch Campus Center


Discussion of Best Practices, Expert-led Workshops, Special Activities, Pending CEUs

Forensic Evaluators, RDTC Staff, DCF Staff, Court Personnel, Family Court Attorneys


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