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Register NOW for the 2015 Statewide Parent Leaders and Advocates Conference!

A statewide conference for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey’s early childhood, education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.  Register here. . .

Check out the conference brochure.  En Español.

Here are some of the powerful workshop sessions that will be offered:

  • Advocacy Around the Overuse of Testing: Parents & Educators United
  • Building Parent Leadership Capacity for Serving on Decision-Making Groups
  • Can I Play Too? Advocacy for Wellness & Recreation Opportunities for ALL
  • Engaging Parents as Partners to Inform Policy and

April is Minority Health Month!

During National Minority Health Month in April, SPAN andFamily Voices-NJ join with our partners in raising public awareness about health and health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity. Despite our country’s progress towards ending health disparities, racial and ethnic minorities continue to face significant health disparities. This means our work is not yet done and we need your help. Take action towards ending health disparities in their community.

April is Autism ACCEPTANCE Month!

What is Autism Acceptance Month?  April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.  Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds.

SPAN Perspectives

Senator Menendez Accepts AMCHP Legislative Champion Award from SPAN's Diana Autin

on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:57

Senator Menendez Accepts Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs – SPAN’s Co-Director Diana Autin Presents Award on Behalf of AMCHP

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), had the privilege of presenting the Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on January 26, 2015.  Her comments and the comments of Senator Menendez follow.

“I am Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a one-stop

Rights of Pregnant Women to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment Upheld by NJ Supreme Court!

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:20

The New Jersey Supreme Court on December 22, 2014, decided New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. Y.N., an important decision for pregnant mothers struggling with substance abuse.  The Court held that a pregnant woman cannot be found guilty of abuse or neglect—and placed on the child-abuse Central Registry—merely because she enrolled in a methadone treatment program.  And that is true even if the woman’s child is born suffering from symptoms associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—an unfortunate, but expected, side-effect of methadone treatment.

SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

Register NOW for the 2015 Statewide Parent Leaders and Advocates Conference!

A statewide conference for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey’s early childhood, education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.  Register here. . .

Check out the conference brochure.  En Español.

Here are some of the powerful workshop sessions that will be offered:

  • Advocacy Around the Overuse of Testing: Parents & Educators United
  • Building Parent Leadership Capacity for Serving on Decision-Making Groups
  • Can I Play Too? Advocacy for Wellness & Recreation Opportunities for ALL
  • Engaging Parents as Partners to Inform Policy and

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