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Parenting Support/Classes

Baby's Best Start

Baby's Best Start is a nine week program that works together with parents and family members to ensure baby's get off to the best possible start. Program sessions are on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. After the completion of the program, staff will continue follow up with the family through regular home visits and phone calls on a monthly basis. Baby's Best Start provides:

Referral Description Intro: 

Works together with parents to get babies off to the best possible start

Who Can Refer: 

Open Referral

Eligibility: 

Open to parents and family members of children age newborn to three years old. Expectant parents also welcome.

Contact Name: 
Nicole Sheppard
Contact Phone: 
856.964.1990 x200
Contact Email: 
babysbeststart@centerffs.org
Funders: 

A Project of the Camden County Covenant for Children, Youth and Families. Funded by the Community Planning and Advocacy Council
through a grant from the NJ Department of Children and Families.
 

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center offers an eight-week program designed to enhance parenting skills for parents with infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and adolescents. The program provides pratical information that can be incorporated into every day parenting in an effort to keep children and families safe.  

Referral Description Intro: 

Parenting program providing ongoing groups and workshops

Referral Description Details: 

Services provide families with concrete skills to help with the challenges of parenting.

Who Can Refer: 

open-referral

Eligibility: 

 open to all families in Camden County

Contact Name: 
Wendy Alexander
Contact Phone: 
856.964.1990 x194
Contact Fax: 
856.964.1993
Contact Email: 
parentresourcecenter@centerffs.org
Funders: 

 New Jersey Department of Children & Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency

To Make a Referral: 

TAFCAR (Treatment Alternatives for Children at Risk)

Referral Description Intro: 

In-home support to keep children and families safe

Referral Description Details: 

Services include in-home intensive education, counseling, and support services to prevent the abuse and neglect of children and case management for families to gain stability.  Parents are taught how to communicate with their children, how to solve problems, and how to manage their children's behaviors.

 

Who Can Refer: 

Primarily DCP&P-referred, but referrals are also accepted from the community, schools, churches, and human service agencies

Eligibility: 

Families at risk for abuse and neglect are eligible

Contact Name: 
Wendy Alexander, MS Program Director
Contact Phone: 
856.964.1990 x 194
Contact Fax: 
856.964.1993
Contact Email: 
tafcar@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ 08103

Funders: 

NJ Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency

To Make a Referral: 

Fax TAFCAR referral form to 856.964.1993

SASS (Self-Assurance Self Sufficiency)

The SASS program helps families develop a sense of security and higher level of self assurance.  Through SASS individuals learn the power of advocating for themselves.  SASS encourages stronger families and healthier communities.  SASS counselors provide support to families and teach the ways to:

Referral Description Intro: 

Assists families in becoming self-sufficient

Referral Description Details: 

SASS case managers provide linkages to community services and treatment resources to assist families in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency.

Who Can Refer: 

Open referral. Camden social service providers, self-referrals or community partners.

Eligibility: 

Any individual or family in need of services

Contact Name: 
Wendy Alexander, MS Program Director
Contact Phone: 
856.964.1990 x 194
Contact Fax: 
856.964.1993
Contact Email: 
sass@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ 08103

Funders: 

Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders

To Make a Referral: 

Fax completed referral form to 856.964.1993

Family Success Centers

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Referral Description Intro: 

Offering support services to families

Referral Description Details: 

Family Success Centers are community-based, family-centered, neighborhood gathering place where any community residents can go for family support, information, linkeages to community resources, and services. 

 

Who Can Refer: 

Family Success Centers are open to ALL families.  No referrals are necessary

Eligibility: 

All are welcome

Contact Name: 
Terri Reed or Kelsey Sanderson
Contact Phone: 
856.309.5300 x 1513 or 856.964.1990 x200
Contact Fax: 
856.309.5301
Contact Email: 
familysuccesscenter@centerffs.org
pnfsc@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

180 White Horse Pike, Clementon, NJ 
580 Benson Street, Camden, NJ

Alternate Contact: 

Nicole Sheppard 856.309.5300 x 1401

Funders: 

The Department of Children and Families, Division of Family & Community Partnerships

To Make a Referral: 

Referrals are not needed.  All community members are welcome.

TIP (TANF Initiative for Parents)

The TIP - Camden County program helps good parents become great parents.  This program provides parenting skills, education, and welfare-to-work support to expectant women and new mothers with a baby under the age of one.  Program goals include providing the supports to ensure the welfare of children and to stabilize families and promote self-sufficiency. Mothers can receive services up until the baby turns one, provided she is in program compliance.  Participation is renewed in three month increments.

Services include:

Referral Description Intro: 

Offers parenting support to new and expectant mothers until the baby is one year of age

Referral Description Details: 

Camden County TIP (TANF Initiative for Parents) provides parenting support to families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who are pregnant or have a baby 12 months or younger.  TIP is a network that offers real-life parenting skills and support focusing on many areas including healthy child development, good nutrition, continuing education, and employment services.  For TANF/GA clients, the TIP programs' CWEP component accounts as their full time work activity required by the Board of Social Services.  

Who Can Refer: 

Open Referral. Services are free and participation is voluntary. All TIP eligible EA applicants (homeless/housing issues) must be referred.  Women can also self refer and TIP will contact the Board of Social Services to confirm eligibility and appropriateness of referral.  Referrals must have an Activity Enrollment Form, case & activity screens, updated Emergency Outreach Form, and any recent test scores.

Eligibility: 

Families receiving TANF who are pregnant or have a baby 12 months or younger are eligible.  Pregnant women receiving GA are also eligible.

Contact Name: 
Anita Corriveau
Contact Phone: 
856.619.0192
Contact Fax: 
856.609.0195
Contact Email: 
tip@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

Camden County One Stop, 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, Ste 104, Camden, NJ

Funders: 

NJ Department of Children and Families, DYFS, NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, Community Donations.

To Make a Referral: 

To schedule an assessment, contact the Family Assessment Worker at 609.504.3703.  To make a referral, contact us by phone, fax, or email.

Healthy Families - TIP

Healthy Families provides early intervention and family support services, helping expectant and new mothers build strong, healthy relationships with their babies through in-home visits. The program offers support to parents with newborns or toddlers up to age three. 

Referral Description Intro: 

Offers parenting support to new and expectant mothers

Referral Description Details: 

Healthy Families provides home visitation and parenting support to first time mothers in Camden County.  Our Family Support Workers offer support and guide families in getting community services like housing, education, childcare, and job training.  Parents can receive help with learning about child developmental changes for up to three years.

Who Can Refer: 

Open Referral. Services are free and participation is voluntary.

Eligibility: 

The program offers support to pregnant women, women with a new born up to 2 weeks of birth, and women receiving TANF benefits who have children under 1 year of age who reside in Camden County.

Contact Name: 
Ali Cassaday
Contact Phone: 
856.309.5300 x1604
Contact Fax: 
856.309.1159
Contact Email: 
healthyfamilies@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

108 South White Horse Pike Clementon, NJ 08021

Alternate Contact: 

Doris Vidal, MSW, LCSW Program Director

Funders: 

NJ Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, Community Donations.

To Make a Referral: 

Complete the referral form or contact us by phone, fax or email

Family Preservation Services

Family Preservation Services (FPS) is an intensive, in-home, four to eight week crisis intervention program that strives to keep families together through in-home counseling and support services.  FPS counselors meet with clients daily to educate and teach skills in:

  • parenting skills/techniques
  • conflict resolution
  • budgeting
  • anger management

All services provided are based on the needs of the family with the goal of giving families in crisis the tools to stay together.

Referral Description Intro: 

4-8 week intensive crisis intervention program for families

Referral Description Details: 

Family Preservation Services (FPS) is an intensive, in-home, four to eight week crisis intervention program.  FPS counselors meet with clients daily to educate and teach parenting skills/techniques, conflict resolution, budgeting and anger management.  Services provided are based on the needs of the family with the goal of giving families in crisis the tools to stay together.

Who Can Refer: 

Division of Child Protection and Permanency

Eligibility: 

Families in Camden and Gloucester Counties with an open Division of Child Protection and Permanency cases.

Contact Name: 
Lisa Carter
Contact Phone: 
856.309.5300 x 1407
Contact Fax: 
856.309.5301
Contact Email: 
fps@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

180 White Horse Pike, Clementon, NJ 

Alternate Contact: 

Doris Vidal, MSW, LCSW Program Director 856.964.1990 x148

Funders: 

New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Comprehensive Outpatient Counseling

The Comprehensive Outpatient Counseling program provides individual, family, and group counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families to address personal conflicts, relationship problems and face life challenges. Counseling is provided to adults and children age 5 and older. 

The Comprehensive Counseling program's professionally trained counselors are dedicated to providing support to individuals dealing with:

Referral Description Intro: 

Individual and group counseling for children, adults and families

Who Can Refer: 

Open-referral

Eligibility: 

Children ages 5 and older, adults, and families seeking counseling.

Contact Name: 
Richard Lange, Ph.D., LPC, LCSW Clinical Director
Contact Phone: 
1.877.922.2377 (1.877.9.ACCESS)
Contact Email: 
access@centerffs.org
Alternate Contact: 

Access Center
access@centerffs.org
1.877.9.ACCESS (1.877.922.2377)
Fax: 856.964.0242

 

Funders: 

United Way of Camden and Gloucester Counties, NJ Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, NJ Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy.

To Make a Referral: 

Contact us by phone, fax, or email

Active Parenting

Active Parenting is a three to six month home based parenting program for families in Camden County. Counselors assist families in putting information into practice to raise happy, responsible, cooperative children. Active Parenting Counselors work with families to provide support and teach:

Referral Description Intro: 

Home based parenting program

Referral Description Details: 

Active Parenting is a three to six month home based parenting program for families in Camden County.  Counselors provide support to families teaching parenting skills, effective discipline, positive reinforcement, and effective communication. 

Who Can Refer: 

DCP&P

Eligibility: 

Families in Camden County

Contact Name: 
Wendy Alexander
Contact Phone: 
856.964.1990 x 194
Contact Fax: 
856.964.1993
Contact Email: 
activeparenting@centerffs.org
Contact Address: 

584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ  08103

Funders: 

New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency

To Make a Referral: 

Fax Active Parenting referral form to 856.964.1993

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