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About the Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center

The Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center, a program of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital since 1998, serves the seven counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Union. The Center’s mission is to provide evaluative and therapeutic services to families affected by child abuse, and field expertise to the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services), the state Prosecutor’s Office and other professionals involved with child maltreatment cases. The Center is made up of a multidisciplinary staff that includes pediatricians, social workers, psychologists and nurses with specialized training. Our professional staff works collaboratively to effectively intervene in child abuse and neglect cases.

The Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center

The Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center is made up of a multidisciplinary staff that includes pediatricians, social workers, psychologists and nurses with specialized training.

Located at The Saint Peter’s Family Health Center at How Lane in New Brunswick, the Center provides a warm, family-friendly environment for children and families. All children and families affected by abuse deserve professional assistance in dealing with concerns and the immediate and long-term needs of abuse. The staff works closely with families and other agencies to ensure that the children’s physical and mental health needs are met and that families have access to services that promote their well-being. Parents are offered crisis intervention and support services so that they have a better understanding of how to help their child and family move forward after the abuse.

Medical and mental health services offered at The Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center include:

  • physical examinations
  • psychosocial and psychological assessments and recommendations
  • crisis intervention and assistance with case management

In addition, the program offers specialized examinations and mental health assessments to children through Department of Child Protection and Permanency. Decisions regarding the delivery of services and referral to local resources are made by the Center’s staff which provides individualized care and attention with the goal of achieving best outcomes for the children and their families. In addition, the Center offers treatment groups for child victims and for parents of children who have been abused. The Dorothy B. Hersh Regional Child Protection Center staff provides consultation to professionals in the community, as well as training programs on abuse-related topics.

Please visit the Child Protection Center website or call 732-448-1000 for further information or questions.