Support for Family and Caregivers
211 provides callers with information about various human services agencies and programs in their community.
The New Jersey Division of Children and Families funds a statewide network of Family Success Centers as “one-stop” shops in each county that provide wrap-around resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis.
Bridges4Kids is a non-profit parent organization dedicated to building partnerships between families, schools and communities to help promote developmental and educational success for all children.
CHLP provides legal and advocacy services, training, education, and related activities to persons with disabilities and, in certain issues, to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.
This website from the US Government links to benefits and assistance information, health and safety resources, reports and publications, and state resources for grandparents.
Generations United – 1-202-289-3979
This website offers information and referrals to other resources that help grandparents raising grandchildren.
Kinship caregivers are special people who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their relatives' children. The local Kinship agencies help caregivers “navigate” other forms of government assistance, determine if the caregiver’s family is eligible for Kinship Navigator program benefits such as help with short-term expenses for the relative child, such as furniture, moving expenses and clothing. Finally, the Kinship agencies provide technical support and guide the family through the process of Kinship Legal Guardianship if the caregiver wishes to make a legal commitment to the child.
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) - 1-888-576-5529
LSNJLAW provides advice, information, and referrals to low-income people in civil legal matters. Apply online or call their Toll-Free Statewide Legal Hotline at 1-888-576-5529.
The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.
National Center for Fathering - 1-800-593-3237
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.
This website provides useful information to consumers in need of social services in New Jersey. It provides links for tax assistance, energy assistance, child care, re-entry programs, etc.
New Jersey Parents Caucus – 1-888-548-6572
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/DCP&P, special education, and developmental disabilities systems.
Parents Anonymous - 1-800-843-5437
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 1-800-843-5437, 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.
Reach NJ - 1-844-ReachNJ
The Reach NJ helpline offers 24 hour a day, focused on addiction. It serves as a one-stop shop to simplify the process for those seeking help. Addiction is a disease. Don’t suffer, don’t wait. You are not alone - help is within reach.
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that is a “1 stop” for New Jersey families. SPAN is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health and behavioral health outcomes for children and youth.
Gang prevention resources
Gang presence and involvement affect student engagement in school, student academic achievement and student and staff safety and attendance. In addition to appropriate coordination with law enforcement authorities, the school’s role in gang prevention and intervention, involves keeping students in school and engaged, fostering attachments to and building relationships among school staff, students and the educational process, and maintaining safe and secure school environments, in an effort to build students’ resilience to the pressures of gangs.
The prevention efforts targeted at limiting youth involvement in gangs is integral to promoting optimal individual and community well-being, specifically in those areas that are susceptible to gang activity. In recent years there has been an emphasis placed on evaluating gang prevention programs to discern effective approaches and providing a more comprehensive approach.
Health and wellness resources
NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid - 1-800-701-0710
New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.
As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.
A comprehensive health care consumer information website serving seniors, families, children and health care professionals.
Information for healthy living on various topics such as nutrition, emotions, family life, safety, school, and much more.
Educational and workforce resources
Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development.
Job Corps – 1-800-733-5627
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
The mission of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) is to enable eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities
NJ STARS - (609) 584-4480
NJ STARS is a scholarship program exclusively for New Jersey residents that covers the cost of tuition at New Jersey's 19 community colleges. Students who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class at the end of either junior or senior year may be eligible. Students must complete a rigorous series of high school courses as a first step toward eligibility, as determined by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education in consultation with the New Jersey Commissioner of Education.
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