March 2021 Newsletter

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March 2021

Dear Supporters and Advocates,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and safe. As our world continues on a journey to what we hope will be a safer and happier way of life, we at NJCA continue to provide resources to help keep children safe and to enable the state’s Child Advocacy Centers to provide the best possible services to child abuse victims. Over the last several months, we have:

  • Assisted CACs in securing the resources they need to serve children remotely, as well as safely in person.
  • Grown our social media presence to help provide information and educational resources to parents and caregivers, concerned adults, and various child-serving professionals and organizations.
  • Provided support to CACs in their respective ongoing efforts to achieve accreditation, grow their capacities, and/or develop new facilities.
  • Advocated for ongoing funding for CACs in the state budget.
  • Provided trainings to multidisciplinary teams on topics including resilience, recantation, trauma informed MDTs, children with problematic sexual behaviors, the impact of race and ACEs, and forensic interviewing.

We are grateful to all of the CAC staff, multidisciplinary teams, partner agencies, and everyone else who is working to help kids during these challenging times!

In partnership, 
Nydia Y. Monagas, Psy.D.
Executive Director, New Jersey Children’ Alliance



April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! We are excited to spend the month highlighting the things that so many “helpers” are doing for kids – and the many actions that everyone can take to protect the kids in their lives. Follow our #HowWeSHINE awareness campaign on Facebook and Instagram!



Check out our newly redesigned website! We have made it easier to find whatever you are looking for, from information about NJCA’s projects and initiatives, to educational resources and links, to resources for members and multidisciplinary teams.



Last month, Governor Phil Murphy, together with NJ Department of Children & Families Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer, launched the state’s first ACEs Action Plan, meant to help families and communities protect against and heal from the effects of adverse childhood experiences that can cause harm to individuals and families. A year into a pandemic with far-reaching effects and consequences, this plan could not have come at a better time. You can read the plan here:…/docum…/NJ.ACEs.Action.Plan.2021.pdf


NJCA Staff

Nydia Y. Monagas
Executive Director

Pete Boser
Program Coordinator

Olga Starr
Communication and Outreach Specialist

Victoria Rutigliano
Program Support Specialist
Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Debbie Riveros
Monmonth County CAC

Megan Price
Vice President
Camden County CAC

Kristi Young
Ginnie’s House CAC

Mary Beth Weil

Coreen Matarazzo
Bergen County CAC

Board Members

Brett Biller
Audrey Hepburn’s Children’s House

Jessica Campoverde
Hudson County CAC

Chris Freid
Passaic County CAC

Cindy Herman-James
Star 99.1FM-WAWZ

Rosalie Jones
Camden County CAC

Linda McNulty
Bergen County CAC

Dominic Prophete
Wynona’s House CAC

Susan Rekedal
Retired, Monmouth County CAC

Sarah Rubenstein
Clearway Energy

Julie Sansone
Music Together Worldwide

Mirella Suarez
Deirdre’s House CAC