There is an increasing demand for trained professionals who understand the complex challenges faced by today’s children and families. Child advocacy professionals are prepared to help. They draw on a multidisciplinary knowledge base to represent the rights of children and families. A child advocacy professional can hold many different job titles. Our graduates are social workers, nonprofit managers and mental health professionals. They work in state agencies, legal settings, schools, nonprofits and other community-based organizations. What all of these helping professionals have in common is they are employed in service or policy settings where they apply their training to advocate for the legal, social, psychological and physical needs of children.
We host the nation’s largest academic child advocacy and policy program. As a leader in the discipline, our degree prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career as a child advocacy professional. The multidisciplinary curriculum brings together many of New Jersey’s leaders in the fields of law, public child welfare, mental health, public policy and psychology to deliver a unique education not found anywhere else. Our programs provide students with the practical skills, conceptual tools and discipline-specific training necessary to become an accomplished child advocacy professional.