In August 2021, New Jersey enacted a law that will improve the process for caregivers to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children when necessary. The firm collaborated with the Rutgers Child Advocacy Clinic to draft and advocate for the statute.
The new law permits parents, legal guardians, or custodians:
For households facing catastrophic illness, imminent deployment, and other circumstances requiring sudden separations, the law will provide some peace of mind. Caregivers who use the power of attorney will be able to avoid the emergency placement of their children in group settings or in the households of strangers, ensuring instead that they are with responsible adults known to the family.