New Jersey hadchildren under supervision by the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency, a 4 percent increase since 2011, according to the new Kids Count survey. Kids Count is an annual report produced by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey. It includes children that are being monitored for neglect or abuse, those in foster homes, and those awaiting adoption.
Of these children, 33 percent are African-American and 28 percent each were classified as white or Hispanic.
There were 57,079 referrals for abuse or neglect, with 13 percent of them being substantiated. There were 7,501 children in out-of-home placements, including foster care, residential homes, and living with relatives. There were 1,057 adoptions through the state system in 2014, a drop of 10 percent. Last year, 984 children in the system were awaiting adoption, which typically takes two to three years.