Parents Recognized for their Leadership

Leadership ImageDuring February, throughout the nation, parents who have made children and families a priority in their lives are honored.  In New Jersey, we celebrate Parent Leaders at our Annual Parent Leadership Breakfasts in the Northern and Southern regions.  The Camden County Freeholders in partnership with the Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) and the Camden County Covenant for Children Youth & Families cosponsored the sixth annual Parent Leadership Breakfast in the Southern region  with Parents Anonymous.  The event took place on February 7, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry, Hill New Jersey.

During the breakfast two parent leaders were recognized with awards:

The Jolly K Award recognizes someone who exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous founder, Jolly K. through parent leadership, mutual support, shared leadership, and personal growth and who has made significant contributions at the local, state or national level. This awardee demonstrates a commitment to self‐help and the belief that parents are the experts in their own lives. Karen Kaplan  of the Mercer County Family Support Organization was the 2015 Jolly K award recipient. Ms. Kaplan has been the Parents Anonymous Group Leader for five years and exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Parents Anonymous. Ms. Kaplan has never once given up on the power of parents sharing their journeys together.  She also serves on the Family Support Origination, Family Advisory Committee, the Perform Care Stakeholders Group and has served for 5 years as the President of the Board of Directors of the Family Support Organization. Ms. Kaplan is recognized for her advocacy for parents and her tenacity to change systems to be more inclusive of parents;  because of her actions as a role model, the next generation is paying it forward.

The Parent Champion Award recognizes a professional, staff member, board member or other individual who has participated in the success of others as parent leaders. Darnell Shakes from Center for Family Services Head Start was the 2015 Parent Champion Awardee. Through his wisdom, integrity, dedication, and knowledge Mr. Shakes attended various meetings  and shared important information to parents that they not be aware. Mr. Shakes  exemplifies and embodies the principles of Parents Anonymous.  He is a dedicated father who is passionate about his family, fatherhood and family unity. Mr. Shakes has served in numerous leadership positions that have had an effect on more than 1,000 families including; Founding Policy Council member and Vice-Chair for the Center for Family Services, Head Start Center President, Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center Parent Leaders,  Head Start Advisory Secretary,  Community Parent Advisory Board Representative, Past President of the Katz Academy, Parent Committee and creator of the Head Start Fathers March.  Due to Mr. Shakes involvement and dedication, male involvement in the Center for Family Services Head Start program has increased.  He has gone above and beyond to ensure that his children along with other children in and around the community have a wonderful educational experience.

Please enjoy the photo gallery from the 2015 Parent Leadership Breakfast!

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2016 Social Services for the Homeless funding

pictureSocial Services for the Homeless 2016 funding is available for SSH State, SSH TANF and Homeless Assistance funding from Camden County agencies.

SSH & SSH TANF Program Profile

2016 SSH State, TANF and HA – Final RFP

2016 SSH Review Instrument

2016 SSH – LOS Pages


picturePlease see the link below.


2015 Family Fun Day

smile1Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP) event. This year the Camden County Network of Family Success Centers have joined together to sponsor the Camden County Family Fun Fair event on April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Campbell’s Field Concourse.  We invite you to be part of this exciting free event.

Please click below for the flyer.

2015 Family Fun Day


2015 Prevention RFP

cpac-log-tagPlease see the links below.

2015 Prevention Program Profile

2015 Prevention RFP – Family Recreation

2015 Logic Model Frame

2015 Prevention 2 Evaluation Instrument


Notice of Available Funds

cpac-log-tagLEGAL NOTICE


Notice is hereby given that sealed applications for funds from eligible organizations interested in applying for 2015 Prevention Reinvestment Funds will be received on behalf of the County of Camden by CPAC: The Community Planning and Advocacy Council.

The 2015 Prevention Reinvestment Funds consists of: Strong Families/Strong Communities: Family Recreation and Safety

Applicants who had a minimum of one year of experience in implementing and providing these types of services and who have had a successful monitoring and evaluation review by the  Monitoring and Evaluation team are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Request for Proposal will be available as of 1PM on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 at CPAC: The Community Planning and Advocacy Council, 2500 McClellan Ave, Suite 110, Pennsauken, NJ 08109, and may be obtained by perspective applicants during business hours.  A copy of the proposal will also be made available on also as of 1PM, Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.

An optional Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in CPAC’s Conference Room A.

Completed proposals are due no later than 3PM on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at CPAC: The Community Planning and Advocacy Council.  Proposals must be enclosed in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the applicant and the subject of the application, addressed and delivered to CPAC.  It is recommended that each application be hand-delivered to CPAC.  A time/date stamped receipt will be given.  CPAC or the County of Camden assumes no responsibility for delays in any form of carrier, mail or delivery service causing the application to be received at CPAC later than due date and time.


Social Service Block Grant

cpac-log-tagPlease see the link below for the Camden County Improvement Authority Social Services Block Grant.

Block Grant SS Ad

2015 Camden County Request for Proposals

Eligible organizations interested in applying for 2015 Camden County Youth Service Commission Funds to provide services that will improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Camden County.  A Community Review Process administered by CPAC:  The Community Planning & Advocacy Council will evaluate proposals and make recommendations to the Camden County Board of Freeholders on the allocation of these funds. The following services are requested:


Delinquency Prevention

Leadership Engagement Services


                                                      Leadership/Empowerment Life Skills Services                                                     

                                                 Gender Specific Support Services                                                   

Pre-bid Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at CPAC in Conference Room A, at which time questions concerning the RFP will be answered.

Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at CPAC.  A time/date stamped receipt will be supplied.

Please see RFP and attachments here: 2015 Camden County Youth Service Commission RFP

Point in Time Count – Rescheduled to February 4, 2015

cpac-log-tagPlease be advised that in order to ensure the safety of all participants and the accuracy of the Point-In-Time Count, NJ Counts 2015 is postponed due to severe weather.  The Point-in-Time Count as well as all Project Homeless Connect events scheduled for January 28, 2015 will be rescheduled to  February 4, 2015.

To that end, please notify any volunteers or clients you may have recruited that the Count is being rescheduled.

Thank you for your continued support.  We will try again next week to make sure that everyone counts!

2015 Parent Leadership Breakfast – Nomination Forms

Leadership ImagePlease see the links below for nomination forms.

2015 Jolly K Award Nomination Form

2015 Parent Champion Award Nomination Form


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