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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. . .

 

Sexual assaults against women with disabilities far too common

Sexual assaults against girls and women are far too common, but girls and women with disabilities are much more likely to be sexually assaulted.  Find out more about this in this article about sexual assault on campus.

DCF Commissioner Blake Celebrates Parent Leadership Month!

DCF Commissioner Alison Blake provided welcoming comments at the February 27 Parent Leadership Breakfast in Newark and commended Parents Anonymous of NJ and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) for our support of parent leadership at all levels.  Her comments follow:

Celebrating Parent Leadership Month, this morning I participated in Parents Anonymous’ Parent Leadership Recognition Breakfast.  This annual event salutes parents and their commitment to raising strong families.

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. . .

 

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