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Child SafeThe Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)

New Jersey agency, part of the Department of Human Services, that regulates child care centers.

DYFS is the regulatory agency for licensing child care centers in the state of New Jersey. If you have any concerns about child neglect or abuse in a center, call the Institutional Abuse Unit of DYFS at 800-215-6853. You may remain anonymous or ask that the call be confidential. For other concerns regarding a child care center you can call The Bureau of Licensing at (609) 292-1021.

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Division of Youth & Family Services (NJ Dept. of Human Services)
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities. Our vision is to ensure a better today and even a greater tomorrow for every individual we serve. DCF is the first Cabinet-level department devoted exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families of our state. Since that time, the agency has evolved to be more inclusive of the voice of the individuals it was established to serve.

Department of Children and Families – Office of Licensing

Department of Children and Families – NJ Child Abuse

State of NJ