Monthly E-newsletter                                              September 2014

Thank you for your continued support of PEI Kids! We have some exciting news for you this month.
9th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser

You're Invited!

On Friday, October 17, 2014, PEI Kids will host its 9th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser at Landmark Aviation at Trenton-Mercer Airport from 6:30-9:00pm. The event will feature over 20 wine and food vendors, as well as exotic cars and aircraft on display. While last year's event saw 150 to 200 people in attendance, we plan to have 400 people in attendance this year.


To purchase your event tickets or become an event sponsor, please click here. To inquire about the event, please contact Development and Public Relations Coordinator Jesse Elliot at 609-695-3739 or 

Supervised Visitation & Transportation Plus Spotlight


PEI Kids' Supervised Visitation and Transportation Plus programs make a huge impact in our community.  In 2013, PEI Kids' Supervised Visitation staff coordinated 1,619 visits between children in the foster care system and their biological parents and siblings. Also in 2013, our Transportation Plus program provided 3,690 hours of transportation services, helping adults and children in the foster care system attend important medical, therapeutic, and other appointments. 


When asked what she sees as the community impact of the Supervised Visitation program, Supervised Visitation Coordinator Carmen Alicea said, "when families come to our office for visitation, it is often the one time a week or month family members get to see one another. Our program is crucial for keeping families connected." When 

asked the same question about the Transportation Plus program, Director of Support Services Theresa McMonagle stated, "without this service, not only would family members have a very difficult time seeing one another, but their ability to get to important appointments like doctors visits and therapy sessions would be hindered. Access to transportation is often a huge factor when determining the well-being of families in our community." 

To learn more about these programs, please click here.

Princeton Clown Academy Provides Joy for Child Sexual Abuse Clients


On Wednesday, July 30, Clown Academy Trenton provided an evening of entertainment for children and mothers in our Crisis Intervention for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse program. As part of Clown Academy Trenton's 2-week summer camp program, which was free to the public, children trained by the Academy toured the local community, providing live entertainment for local hospitals and community-based organizations.

"The children had a wonderful experience," says PEI Kids' Director of Clinic Services Dr. Juanita Johnson Brooks. "The staff and children from Clown Academy Trenton brought laughter and joy to our clients. I even had one little girl come to our office a week later for counseling and ask, 'are there clowns here?' The experience was really great for us."


To learn more about Clown Academy Trenton, please contact Director of Admissions Thomas von Oehsen at (609) 924-8143. To learn more about PEI Kids' Crisis Intervention for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse program, please click here.

Get Involved: Volunteer at our Wine & Food Tasting!

On Friday, October 17th, PEI Kids will host its 9th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser at Landmark Aviation at Trenton-Mercer Airport. We are looking for volunteers to assist the day of the event, which includes raffle ticket sales, registration assistance, and post-event clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering at our Wine & Food Tasting event, contact Jesse Elliot at or 609-695-3739.

In This Issue
Event Update
Program Spotlight - Supervised Visitation & Transportation Plus
Program Spotlight - Crisis Intervention for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
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