Children's Aid and Family Services Announces Bob Jones'Retirement

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Longtime President & CEO Bob Jones, Ph.D., is retiring from the agency after a nearly 30-year career. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Bob for his nearly 30 years of distinguished service to our organization and to the community,” says Board of Trustees Chairman Bruce Brady. “His leadership, professional contributions and commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families act as a true measure of community service at its best.”

Founded in 1899 by volunteers to help find families for orphaned children, Children’s Aid and Family Services’ mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Dr. Robert Jones is only the fourth CEO in the agency’s history. In his nearly 30 years serving as CEO, he led the merger of Children’s Aid and Adoption Society and Family Counseling Services of Ridgewood in 1995, which created Children’s Aid and Family Services – a specialized children’s treatment agency. The children the agency serves generally have backgrounds of severe trauma, neglect, medical issues and multiple foster care placements.

During Dr. Jones’s tenure, the agency has expanded to include services for people with developmental disabilities, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and education and shelter and support for teenage mothers. He has worked tirelessly to engage the community in the agency’s mission, creating a volunteer program that has grown to over 1,000 people.

A nationally recognized leader in the human services field, Dr. Jones has published numerous articles, presented at conferences throughout the U.S., and been the recipient of many awards in recognition of his work. These include the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award from the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, the Walter Head Foundation Award for Leadership in Program Innovation and Development from Rotary International, District 7490, and the Salute to Volunteerism Award from the Bergen-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Administration from Rutgers University and is an adjunct professor of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame.

In recognition of Dr. Jones’ long and distinguished service to Children’s Aid and Family Services, the Board of Trustees has announced the creation of the Robert B. Jones Vision Fund to develop and sustain high quality, innovative services and continue his leadership legacy. A special recognition event for Dr. Jones is also to be held on February 7. Full details of this event are available on the agency’s website at www.cafsnj.org.

“It has been a privilege to lead this organization and work with so many people in the community to help some of our most vulnerable children and families,” says Dr. Jones.