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Support for families and caregivers

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower and support families, and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth.

Family Success Centers

Family Success Centers are "one-stop" shops that provide wrap-around resources and support for families before they find themselves in crisis. These centers are neighborhood-based gathering places where parents and grandparents can find family support. Services include employment, information and referral; parent education; health care; parent-child activities; home visiting; life skills training; advocacy; and housing. Click on the link above to find locations in your county.

Family Support Organizations
Family Support Organizations (FSOs) are family-run, county-based organizations that provide direct, family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy, and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral challenges. For a list of FSOs in New Jersey, click on the link above.

Parents Anonymous
Parents Anonymous is a self-help group that offers parenting support and referrals to resources in your community. If you are feeling stressed, you can call the Family Helpline at 1-800-THE-KIDS, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and speak to a specially trained volunteer to help you work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs.

New Jersey Parents Caucus
The New Jersey Parents Caucus is a family-driven, statewide organization that provides information and referral, peer support, advocacy, training, education, and direct services for children and youth (ages 0-21) who struggle with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges, and their families. Services cross the mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare/DYFS, special education, and developmental disabilities systems. Call 973-989-8866.

National Center for Fathering
The National Center for Fathering is a nonprofit educational organization that provides research-based training and resources so that men are equipped to address their children’s needs.

211 provides callers with information about various human services agencies and programs in their community.

NJ Helps
This website helps you find out about services and programs for children, families and individuals. You can also prescreen to see if you are eligible for programs such as Food Stamps and Medicaid.

Support for grandparents

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Bergen County

The Family Support Organization of Bergen County's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Monthly Support Group meets every third Thursday, September through June, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for mutual support, educational speakers and resources.
For more information, including meeting locations, call 201-796-6209, ext. 102.

Grandma K.A.R.E.S – South Orange

Monthly support groups are held at the South Orange Library. Call 973-327-4114 for more information.

Grandparents Support Group – Mercer County

Support Groups are held at the Lawrence Senior Center on the first Thursday of the month. In-home consultations provide information, referrals, education, and support for each unique family situation. For more information, contact: Barbara Stender, Medical Caregiver Support Specialist at Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare by telephone at 609-396-6788, ext. 241, or e-mail at

Grandparent Resources and Caregiver Initiative Alliance (GRACIA) – Passaic County

GRACIA offers information, referrals, and support for grandparents and relatives raising children. Services include referrals for health exam and health counseling by a registered nurse, stress management and health education, counseling for caregivers, group counseling for school-age children, and parenting support workshops. For more information, call 973-942-3630.

Grandparents as Parents of Passaic County (GAP)

GAP is a network of health and human service professionals, grandparents, agency representatives and elected officials. The purpose of GAP is to identify the needs of non-parental adults raising children, recommend programs, identify public policy issues and recommend legislative changes. Grandparents and other kinship caregivers are encouraged to join GAP so that their concerns and experiences are reflected in GAP’s initiatives. For more information, call the Institute for Creative Aging, William Paterson University at 973-720-3690, or Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County at 973-305-5742.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
FirstGov is the official website of the US Government. This website links to benefits and assistance information, health and safety resources, reports and publications, and state resources for grandparents.

Generations United
This website offers information and referrals to other resources that help grandparents raising grandchildren.

Additional resources

New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC)