Family Support

Monday – Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

FREE parenting, family intervention and low-cost violence prevention services to Ocean County families through supportive services which focus on enhancing family functioning.

Parenting in Recovery – Groups focus on supporting families with
substance abuse histories. Parents explore the effects of substance abuse on
themselves and their families while learning effective parenting skills that
strengthen family relationships. Group cycles are 12 weeks long.

Parenting Workshops and Groups – This program is interactive and is
designed to meet the specific needs of participating parents. Films and
group discussions encompass multiple aspects of child development. This
program is provided at sites throughout Ocean County.

Blissful Babies provides Infant Massage classes centered around the power of touch through techniques and relaxation for baby & parent. Additional classes will be offered throughout the year and facilitated by bachelors/masters level instructors from the Family Support Department. 
Guidance on the communication of touch with parent and baby will be modeled by instructors who are undergoing certification with Infant Massage USA.

Training will provide parents with specific, proven infant massage techniques to promote bonding and attachment. Infant Massage promotes relaxation for baby & parent, promotes healthy sleeping, Increase attachment & Bonding, reduces stress, improves circulation, promotes skin to skin contact, may assist with elimination concerns and reduce colic and gas. This group consists of five weekly one hour sessions. Total cost for this group will be $100.

Call 609-494-8861 ext. 197 to register.

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Violence Prevention
Anger Management Program – Provides 12 week cycles of stress and anger
management groups to Ocean County parents and caregivers. Participants
learn to identify triggers and enhance coping skills. Cost for 12 week cycle is $360.

In Home Services
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Parents as Teachers—TIP II Program—A free voluntary in-home parenting
program. We provide infant and child developmental education and referral
services to Southern Ocean County residents who are pregnant or have children
under the age of 3 years.

Food Pantry – Click here

Human Concerns  
The Human Concerns Program is a homeless prevention program that serves clients living in southern Ocean County. The program assists clients with utility and housing issues through grants from United Way, Emergency Shelter and Food Programs, when available, and private donations. The program also distributes food to families in need. Donations are received from collections at St. Francis Parish, local food drives and private donors. Donations may also be dropped-off at St. Francis Community Center during normal working hours.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesdays: 10 AM – 12:00 PM and Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Annual Projects Include: Back-To-School, Thanksgiving, Gift of Warmth

Auto Ownership of Ocean County
Used, rehabilitated cars are offered to TANF* recipients for whom transportation is a major barrier to
employment. Cars are donated, repaired and turned over to clients involved
in a working or training activity of the Ocean County TANF program.
Clients may also receive insurance assistance, driving lessons and help with
car repairs.
* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Services are funded through grants from the NJ Department of
Human Services and the NJ Department. of Children & Families.