February 3, 2005
The New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) is an independent State child protection agency with the statutory authority to monitor and evaluate the activities and practices of the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit (IAIU) within the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS). The IAIU, a statewide system, is designed to determine whether children in out-of-home care settings have been abused or neglected and to ensure their safety by ameliorating the risk of future harm. The IAIU is comprised of a Central Office and four regional investigative offices – Northern, Southern, Central and Metropolitan.
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