As Safe House Must Move, Kids in Crisis Need Help

The economy is claiming a local safe house for children, and the state's Center For Family Services needs financial support to set up new facilities for kids in need
Thursday, May 3, 2012

MOORESTOWN- A safe place where New Jersey children in crisis can find refuge is now facing adversity itself-but there are ways for local communities to help out.

One of New Jersey's safe hosues for children and youth, run through Center For Family Services (CFS), must close its doors soon, a victim of the down economy. CFS is raising money to move the facility, and its 36 residents, from the current Camden County location to several small homes in Gloucester County. 

"Due to the economy, the facility housing the children has been sold," says Eileen Henderson, vice president of child and family services for CFS. "We've had a great relationship with Camden County for 13 years, and we're sorry to see this happen. But we're excited to move the kids to smaller safe housing."

But for that move to happen successfully and with minimum disruption for the children, CFS needs extra money. Funding for this unexpected move and outfitting the new homes simply isn't built into the already-stretched-thin budget.

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