Parent Support Services
Parenting is the most challenging job that some adults undertake. With such high demands, it’s not uncommon to feel frustrated. Parents can lose control when they are feeling isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques.
However, becoming an informed parent will help you build effective child rearing skills and find your place in the community.
South Jersey has numerous resources for parents/guardians of individuals with various special needs. Most of these organizations have resources from birth through 21 years of age. These agencies work collaboratively with the caregivers to provide emotional and physical supports.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services works with individuals with special needs and offers a wide range of services including counseling, case management, respite care (through DDD funding), Day Programming for young adults, Vocational Training and job readiness, etc. They offer Sibshops, which are programs for siblings of individuals with special needs, as well. Although this is run through the Jewish Federation, individuals do not have to be Jewish to access these resources. The contact phone number is 856-424-1333 or email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Support Center of NJ (FSCNJ) offers various resources as a service to families seeking information and referral.
NJ Parent Link is a website offered by the State of NJ for State, Federal, and Community resources.
Mom 2 Mom is a unique organization because by dialing the number, a mother of a child with special needs will call you to answer questions or talk. This kind of direct support from someone that can really relate is extremely beneficial for parents of an individual with special needs that is struggling with a particular situation or decision. They also provide counseling and mental health support for the parents. This is sponsored through Rutgers University.
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through this national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves as a trusted resource on health care.
Parent to Parent is another organization that utilizes parents with children with special needs to assist each other in supportive ways. As trained supporting parents, they offer emotional support and information, and act as a valuable resource to families. They offer assistance in learning the necessary skills to help parents face the challenges of raising their child.
The Arc of New Jersey is the state's largest organization advocating for and serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. There are different offices in each county (i.e. Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, etc.).
Partnership for Prescription Assistance provides info on different places to get medications for lower costs as well as info on low cost clinics to get seen by a doctor.
Family to Family Health Center provides information on accessing medical and dental assistance.
Arch National Respite Network is a website that helps families locate respite resources and advocate for services if needed.
At Easter Seals New Jersey, services for adults with developmental and physical disabilities are designed to provide options that maximize independence for the entire family. Services are based on the participant’s interests and desires as well as the needs of the family/caregiver.