PATERSON, NJ - People who give of their time and talent make all the difference in the lives of vulnerable children. For Children’s Aid and Family Services, volunteers help in countless ways, from teaching taekwondo to children in foster care to repairing bicycles for children living in group homes. The agency recently honored some of its outstanding volunteers.

Paterson resident Lucretia Holmes-Smith has donated her talents as a licensed hair stylist to the foster children in the care of Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus. She braids and styles the children’s hair. She also trains foster parents on how to properly care for the skin and hair of children with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

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“On behalf of Children’s Aid and Family Services, I thank all of these individuals for their generous contributions of time and talent to the agency and the children and families we serve,” says Bob Jones, Ph.D., president & CEO. “They, and all the other volunteers who help in countless ways, make the work we do possible.”

Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organization serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 110 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect and, when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion for vulnerable children, young adults, frail elderly and their families, it provides high-quality and innovative services that meet their social, educational and emotional needs. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services and to learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 201.261.2800 or visit