Heather L. Janci
Assistant Director of Advocacy
Heather Janci has been foster parent for 2 years. In that short time, she has been blessed to raise 4 amazing children. With a background in child development, behavior analysis and education, Heather became critical in serving children experiencing unimaginable levels of abuse and neglect. Setting out early to gain access to a variety of services she knew would be beneficial in supporting the children she was blessed to care for. Heather realized that all children in the system of care did not have the support of parents who could advocate on behalf of their needs. This was foundational to the development of Child Advocacy Associates of New Jersey (CAANJ), an initiative of Miriam's Heart.
Knowing that issues related to foster care would not happen at the local office level and rallying a group of other passionate and well-informed resource parents, together with Maria Connolly, Heather and team mobilized into a formal group to help the vulnerable foster children of New Jersey by any means necessary. Today, having launched CAANJ, a catalyst for change and advocating for the foster youth in New Jersey.