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"Ombudsman" is a Swedish word meaning "representative." An ombudsman assists individuals and groups in the resolution of conflicts or concerns.
Public ombudsmen exist to help the mentally ill, elderly, and disabled, but children have no such advocate and their rights to safety and permanency are being undermined. Families are left with limited options short of suing the State of New Jersey, putting a greater burden on our judicial system. Creating an Office of Ombudsman for Children is CAANJ's top legislative priority. Are you willing to help?