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Donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and are gratefully accepted. Checks should be made payable to “Children’s Hope Initiative” and mailed to:

Friends of Somerset County Youth

P.O. Box 8063

Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Special thanks to our most generous donors and supporters who have, to date, given more than $578,000 to support our programming.  We would not have been able to do all that we have done without the generous support and confidence of all of our donors! On behalf of the children we serve—THANK YOU!

Friends of Somerset County Youth is a New Jersey non-profit formed 30 years ago. Friends IRS Ltr 5.13.19  Its Registration with the IRS was amended in 2014 to reflect that it is Doing Business As Children’s Hope Initiative. Children’s Hope Initiative operates as a committee of the Friends of Somerset County Youth. Children’s Hope Initiative administrative costs, consisting of insurance, accounting and credit card fees in 2021 totaled less than $2,500, and were paid with a donation by one of our Board members. 100% of all other donations received were used solely and exclusively for the programs of Children’s Hope Initiative. This policy and practice will continue for all donations received in 2021 and 2022.

Special thanks to our corporate supporters. Especially FinPro, Inc. for their most generous support and confidence, including $20,000 annually, and to the employees of Couch Braunsdorf for their support through time, talents, and finances! Special thanks to Munich Reinsurance America for its $10,000 donations in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and to Harding Loevner for its 2017 grant of $3,800. Piper Hill Foundation Grant of $10,000 in 2019 and 2020 helped fund the Summer Connections Program

We wish to acknowledge and thank the Dombal-Vogel Foundation, a New Jersey non-profit corporation, committed to providing assistance to children, especially in Somerset County. They have generously donated over $20,000 over the past 10 years. To find out more about the Dombal-Vogel Foundation, please visit:  We also thank the Somerset County Bar Foundation for its past support and encouragement.

Past programming was made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program for its 2013 grant in the amount of $3,500.






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Child Abuse Statistics

Children who experience abuse and neglect are 11 times more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 3.1 times more likely to commit a violent crime. (1)

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. (1)

Five children die every day as a result of child abuse in America. (2)

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. (3)

4,154 New Jersey children were in out-of-home placements and not in their own homes in October 2020 (4)



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US Government Statistics on Child Abuse & Neglect
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, child abuse, and neglect.

New Jersey Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services), including kids who are served in the homes of their birth parents and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families. (look at “Data” tab)