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.

“Just as no two faces are alike, so are no two minds alike.”

B. Barakhot 58a

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

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.

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.).

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.