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Family and Children Services

Arthur and Betty Roswell Counseling Center

Jewish Family Service is a NJ State licensed community mental health outpatient provider

We employ a highly qualified and dedicated professional staff in our counseling services program. Our counseling center provides individual, couples, child, family and group therapy.

We can help you address your problems, explore alternatives, develop new insights, and find solutions.

JFS accepts third party insurance. Services are also provided on a sliding fee scale. Payment arrangements can be made to accommodate your budget.

Family Mentor Program

The Family Mentor / Senior Friendly Visitor Program is designed to provide in-home support, information and advocacy primarily to Somerset County Families. There is a special focus on families with children under the age of 10 and frail, isolated older adults. It addresses the needs of families that are feeling overwhelmed, by promoting strengths and capacities within the family unit by matching a trained community volunteer with each family.

The program supports the family's ability to successfully address challenges, rather than focusing on problems. The Family Mentor / Senior Friendly Visitor Program's major outcome is the promotion of emotional health of children and adults. The program is free of charge and open to the entire community, regardless of religion or cultural background.

Community volunteers from all walks of life, male and female, are recruited and screened to become “Family Mentors”. Volunteer mentors are specially trained and supervised by licensed clinical social workers. Once the volunteer is “matched” through a joint home visit between Program staff, the family and the volunteer, families have an opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their mentor and receive information, modeling, support, and advocacy to optimize the family's functioning.

The Mentor arranges for home visits at convenient times and with the family plans activities based on goals the family establishes. The Mentor visits weekly for 1-3 hours during the first 3 months, and as arranged and appropriate during the next 9 months (generally at least bi-weekly) and by phone as needed.

Mentors and families identify activities that support modeling of new behaviors for the family, participating in community events and activities with their mentor, and with other families participating in the program. Program staff are available to the mentor to triage any areas of difficulty, brainstorm activities which support family growth, identify community resources, and coordinate monthly meetings between all volunteer mentors for shared learning.

Special Needs Program

Supported by the Nancy L. and Arthur E. Lee Family Fund for Special Needs, Jewish Family Service offers the following programs and services to special needs children and their families:

  • Young Adult Social Club — A group for those 18 and older who are looking for opportunities to socialize, practice skills, and share experiences in a relaxed, supportive and fun environment. The group is offered once per month in collaboration with Allies, Inc. and is especially designed for those on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities. The group meets at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater and offers activities, discussion and a light supper.
  • special needs child with therapist
  • Parent Education Series — An annual program on parenting a child with special needs.
  • Social Skills Learning Group — A group for adolescents diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or other social skills disorders. This weekly group is offered to help participants ages 11-16 improve their social skills, have fun, and interact with peers in a relaxed and supportive environment.
  • Sibling Support Group — A group for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. Meet other siblings who have similar experiences in a relaxed atmosphere. (Funded in part by a generous donation in memory of Matthew Bernstein)
  • Parent Support Group — A group for parents with a special needs child. An opportunity to come together with other parents who share similar experiences of parenting.

All JFS Special Needs Programs have a modest fee with scholarships available thanks to the financial support from the Nancy L. and Arthur E. Lee Family Fund for Special Needs.

Refugee Assistance

Jewish Family Service has a history of assisting émigrés from many countries including the former Soviet Union, Kosovo, Iran and Columbia. The émigrés receive help to acculturate them into the community by referring them to English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, introducing them to the community and providing mental health and career counseling, when necessary.

Community Resource Guide

Please click here for our community resource guide.