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Law School Community Helps to Brighten the Holidays for Children in Foster Care

December 17, 2009 – 
The law school community brightened the season for 46 children this year by
   Holiday Adopt a Child
“adopting” a foster child for the holidays. The annual effort is spearheaded by Laura Cohen, Clinical Professor in the Urban Legal Clinic and co-director of the school’s Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program.

The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services provides Cohen with a list of children and their “wish lists.” Each person who “adopts” a child is asked to spend at least $25. Many choose to buy for more than one child, ensuring that every child on the DYFS list receives at least one colorfully-wrapped package for the holiday.

Clinical Professor Robert Holmes (2nd from right) and students look over some of the many gifts donated by the law school community for the DYFS Adopt-a-Child Program.