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Published on May 12, 2009
On any given day, hundreds of New Jersey children live in special homes where they work to rebuild their young lives. Some struggle to overcome mental health needs and master the coping skills needed to lead a productive life. Others are learning to feel safe again after being abused or neglected. Still other youth are entering adulthood, and are striving to forge close community connections with caring adults. Unlike the impersonal, isolated environment of institutions, these healing homes give children and youth a safe place where they can heal and live more normally. In these homes, children are part of their communities, not locked away in an institution. Because every child, whether from New Jerseys cities, suburbs or rural areas, deserves a community to call her own, a place that feels like her own backyard.