Family and Children's Services

Contact Information

40 North Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
United States

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

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Family and Children’s Services’ individual and family programs are provided in an empathetic, warm, and non-judgmental manner by licensed mental health professionals, several of whom are bilingual in English/Spanish. Our clinical team recognizes that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by earlier events in our lives, and we help clients cope with anxiety, depression, and other challenges.

Family and Children’s Services is a premier mental health and social services agency, leveraging federal, state, and local grants, as well as individual, corporate, and foundation donations to build hope and heal trauma for the most vulnerable residents in the community.

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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

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.7 / 5
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Brenda Tobar
Aug 22, 2023

I would say… disappointing! I wouldn’t trust these services at all. ZERO STARS

Rating: 1

Chinita Leyes
Feb 18, 2020

(Translated by Google) OMG 100% satisfied... The service, the place, the friendliness of the staff and the great help they have been to me is unique... And they make delicious coffee...

OMG 100% satisfecha... El servicio, el lugar, la amabilidad del personal y la gran ayuda q ha sido para mí es única... Y hacen un rico café...

Rating: 5

Lenita Jackson
May 15, 2019

Horrible Service. I reached out to them during my time of need. Was told I'll receive a call back...still nothing. Thank you anyway.

Rating: 1