Pictured in photo from left to right:  Sen. Ray Lesniak, Vic Reichel, Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr., Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Executive Director UCIA, Dan Sullivan, Chairman of the UCIA, Tony Scutari.

Pictured in photo from left to right: Sen. Ray Lesniak, Vic Reichel, Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr., Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, Assistant Prosecutor John Esmerado, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Executive Director UCIA, Dan Sullivan, Chairman of the UCIA, Tony Scutari.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Child Advocacy Center officially opened on October 3, 2012 ready to serve the residents of the county who are victims of and affected by child abuse and sex crimes. The new center was championed and financed by the Union County Prosecutor’s office, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Improvement Authority.

Located at 240-242 West Jersey Street in Elizabeth, the Child Advocacy Center is a satellite office of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. The structure consists of a 3-story, 11,000 sq. ft. in a renovated Victorian home; the structure itself is over 100 years old.

“We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this innovative and much need new-facility,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Protecting our children and families is of paramount concern for all of us, and this new facility is helping to fight the scourge of child abuse,” adds the now former Prosecutor, Ted Romankow.

Union County Prosecutor worked tirelessly with the Union County Improvement Authority Board and Executive Director to fund this much needed facility. In September 2013 the project was completed under the allotted $3 million dollar budget.

The project won the National Community Development Association’s Audrey Nelson award for best practices in community development.