FCS Social Workers Complete APS Training

FCS Social Workers Complete APS Training

FCS Social Workers Kim Kurnik (left) and Courtney Hinte (right)

FCS Social Workers complete the Adult Protective Service (APS) Training provided by Rutgers University School of Social Work

LONG BRANCH, NJ, February 10, 2014 – Family & Children’s Service’s social workers Kim Kurnik (left) and Courtney Hinte (right) recently completed the Adult Protective Service (APS) Training provided by Rutgers University School of Social Work, Institute for Families.

The rigorous 16-day training course, which included instruction, simulations and guest lectures by law enforcement and health care professionals, is designed to give a fundamental overview of the many demanding facets of protecting older adults and disabled adults.

APS programs are required by law in each county in New Jersey to receive and investigate reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults living in the community. FCS is the sole provider of APS in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Last year, our APS social workers received more than 600 referrals of suspected abuse in Monmouth County alone.

Elder Abuse affects older adults across all socioeconomic groups, cultures and races. Social isolation, poor physical health, or mental health conditions compound the risk factors. Know the warning signs, and if you suspect abuse, contact our Adult Protective Services program offices.