Parents of children with special needs often feel very isolated and don’t know where to turn. Some parents may find that only other parents who have experienced similar situations with their own child with special needs can relate to their struggles. Below are several resources to help connect parents to parents people:
Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) works with individuals with special needs and offers a wide range of services including counseling, case management, respite care (through DDD funding), etc. JFCS offers Sibshops, which are programs for siblings of individuals with special needs. Individuals and families 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.
NJ Parent Link is a State of NJ page that offers a list of links 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.).