Topic: FCS Adult Protective Services

FCS seeks additional funding to help fight Elder Abuse

The following testimony was submitted by FCS Adult Protective Services Director Lisa Barnes at a Public Hearing, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 before the Monmouth County Office on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services:

Next Thursday, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; a day set aside for communities around the world to raise awareness about elder abuse, and to shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, escalating problem.  It’s estimated that each year, 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and for every case that is reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. Experts agree this upward trend will continue for at least the next decade, as more and more baby boomers enter their later years, becoming the fastest growing population in the country.


Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

JPG-2016SWM-LogoMarch is National Social Work Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the important contributions of social workers in our community. As CEO of Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency, I am proud of our agency’s long and storied history in the field of social work. I am equally proud of our current team of social workers who help our clients “forge solutions out of challenges” everyday.



Celebrating our Professional Social Workers

Justin da Conceicao

Justin da Conceicao

Happy Social Worker month! My name is Justin and I am a social worker with Adult Protective Services of Middlesex County, NJ. March is a time to give appreciation to the social workers who assist us on a professional and/or personal level every day. Recently I learned through the National Association of Social Workers that our nation has over 600,000 social workers! It is amazing to think that there are so many caring individuals in this nation that spend their life devoting time to supporting and fostering a healthy life style for others. (more…)

Protecting the Vulnerable

Adult Abuse is a growing problem, not just in our community, but throughout the country. FCS Director of Adult Protective Services, Lisa Barnes, recently spoke with SCAN TV Community Connections host Pat Bohse about this often hidden epidemic and what is being done to help vulnerable adults.

Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse

This Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day. It is also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; a day set aside to shed light on the importance of preventing, identifying, and responding to this serious, often hidden problem. It’s estimated 2.1 million older Americans face abuse and neglect every year, and for every reported case, experts believe as many as five cases go unreported.