Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey

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655 Westfield Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
United States

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Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Throughout our hundred-year-plus history of providing emergency services to people in crisis, through economic depressions, world wars, immigrants resettling here to avoid persecution, 9/11, hurricanes, other natural disasters, and now Covid-19, — we are here to help.

The mission of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ), a non-sectarian health and social service agency, is to strengthen family life and encourage personal growth by providing specialized quality services to individuals and families in need in Union County, NJ. The Agency is a licensed mental health outpatient agency and a licensed and accredited home care agency.

The JFSCNJ Adoption program is licensed by the State of New Jersey and offers both International and Domestic Home Studies for families wishing to adopt.


Services and information

  • 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

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.7 / 5
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Aug 29, 2023

Very nice, clean and well organized place. The people helping are very nice too!! Good food, shop rite brand.

Rating: 5

Debbie Gelb
Jul 26, 2023

The food pantry is very well organized, multiple and varous foods and helpful volunteers.

Rating: 5

Karen Stone
Jul 16, 2023

Very nice employees work here.Always nice, caring & respectful.

Rating: 5

Adam Holland
Jul 04, 2023

Beautiful place

Rating: 5

Jeanette Jost
Feb 16, 2023

Nancy took excellent care of my grandmother. Such a kind, personable nurse is an asset.

Rating: 5