Family Support

Monday – Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
609-494-8861 ext. 197

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 Message classes centered around the power of touch through techniques and relaxation for baby and parent. Additional classes will be offered throughout the year and facilitated by bachelors/masters level instructors from the Family Support Department. Guidance on the communications of touch with parent and baby will be modeled by instructors who are certified with Infant Massage USA.
Training is recommended for babies 6 weeks to pre-crawler. Infant Massage promotes healthy sleeping, reduces stress, improves circulation, promotes skin to skin contact, may assist with elimination concerns and reduces colic and gas symptoms. Classes last for one hour and run for five weeks. Cost is $50.
Call 609-494-8861ext. 197 for on-going class schedule or 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, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursdays: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Annual Projects Include: Back-To-School, Thanksgiving, Gift of Warmth

Maintaining the integrity of Spanish speaking families (MISSF) – provides in-home therapeutic parenting skills and
case management services to Spanish speaking families referred by the Ocean County DCP&P office

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.