Childrens Aid & Family Services, Inc.

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22-08 Route 208 South
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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Every Child Deserves a Loving Home

Since we were founded over 120 years ago, providing services to children whose parents cannot care for them has been a core part of our work. We believe that all children deserve to live with nurturing families in a safe, stable environment, and we have helped thousands of children who have gone through abuse and neglect to heal from trauma. Our Foster Care program provides safe and nurturing care in the homes of trained foster parents to children who temporarily cannot be with their birth families.

All types of people become foster parents. They may be younger or older and have birth children of their own. They may own their home or rent. They may be single or married. We value the diversity of foster parents and recognize that loving parents span all ages, ethnicities, income levels, sexual orientations, education levels and career backgrounds.

All foster parents must be 21 years or older, willing to learn about the needs of the children and receive training.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

New Jersey offers excellent support and services for foster parents in the state. Let's take a closer look at what's offered.

Foster Parent Training

To become a foster parent in New Jersey, you are required to attend PRIDE training. There are three major components to the training including pre-service training, core training, and advanced and specialized training. Within the three components, you will learn skills in five essential competency categories:

  1. Nurturing and protecting children
  2. Meeting the developmental needs and addressing developmental delays of children
  3. Supporting the relationships between families and children
  4. Making safe and nurturing family connections that will last a lifetime
  5. Working as a member of a professional team

All licensed foster parents will also have access to many additional workshops, both in-person and online. This may be through e-Learning, webinars, home correspondence courses, or support groups and meetings.

Parent Support

Foster parents receive a monthly payment starting at $716, a clothing allowance, and health care coverage for the child in their care. The amount you receive varies, depending on the child's age and specific needs.

You may also be eligible for:

  • Childcare services while working or attending foster parent training
  • Special needs transportation reimbursement
  • Infant care items
  • Essential safety gear such as car seats and bicycle helmets
  • Flexible funds for child's special needs

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