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January 15, 2019

Ocean County 2019 Point in Time Count

On January , 23, 2019, Ocean County will participate in NJCounts 2019 conducting a state-wide Point-In-Time Count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless. If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of homelessness please visit one of the Project Homeless Connect Sites for help.

December 17, 2018  

How to Help Children Manage Fears

Teaching your child how to manage his fears without parental intervention will help him build the confidence and independence he’ll need to feel more in control, and less afraid, both now and as he grows up.

December 17, 2018  

Sesame Street Muppet Lily Becomes First to Face Homelessness

Sesame Street introduced a new storyline for Muppet Lily, who first joined the show nearly a decade ago. According to Sherrie Westin, president of global impact and philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, Lily is their first character to face homelessness.

December 17, 2018  

New Rules Could Open More Homes to Foster Kids

Amid an opioid crisis that has increased the need for foster care, states are struggling to find enough foster families to take in kids. A shortage of affordable housing in many places is making the problem even worse.

December 11, 2018  

State Agency Creates Office of Family Voice

TRENTON – The Department of Children and Families (DCF) today announced the creation of an Office of Family Voice, the first of its kind among public child welfare agencies nationwide.

December 10, 2018  

NJ bills put spotlight on food insecurity, food waste

TRENTON — New Jersey legislators prioritized food assistance programs and initiatives last week when they passed or approved of several bills in committee meetings that would help feed people and reduce waste.

December 3, 2018  

CSOC Provider Advisory: PerformCare Texting Campaigns

PerformCare is excited to be launching several automated mobile phone texting campaigns for youth and families in the Children’s System of Care, designed to provide better engagement and satisfaction with CSOC-involved families.

December 3, 2018  

Recognizing Suicide's Warning Signs Could Save Lives

PORTLAND — For Portland resident Stephen Canova, thoughts of suicide came unexpectedly one December night. Then 20, a sophomore in college, unhappy and disconnected from his tightknit home community, he tried to kill himself.

November 12, 2018  

Kids and anxiety: What's normal and when to seek help

Plenty of situations make kids feel nervous and uncomfortable. But how do parents know when a child is suffering from anxiety that requires professional attention? Here’s how to tell the difference and get your child the care he needs.

October 1, 2018  

What Parents Can Teach Kids During the School Year

As we help our sons and daughters get ready to return to school, let’s reflect on our own readiness to promote our kids’ best emotional development during the school year. 

October 1, 2018  

Toms River Teen Using Art To Help Heal Mental Health & Addiction

TOMS RIVER – A Toms River Girl Scout is attacking issues with mental health and addiction from a new angle: art. Alessandra Sophia Regenye is working to create a mural that will destigmatize mental health and addiction while also drawing attention to the ways art can help heal.

September 25, 2018

NJ Human Services In the Comminity Newsletter

The Murphy Administration is committed to a stronger and fairer New Jersey. In our early months on the job, the team at the Department of Human Services has taken important steps to help realize that goal.

September 10, 2018  

To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying To 'Let Grow'

Let Grow is reaching out to elementary schools across the country to assign kids the Let Grow project as homework. Participating kids decide to do something on their own that they haven't done before — whether it's walking the dog around the block, or making dinner, or walking a few aisles over in the supermarket to get some eggs. 

August 27, 2018  

Your Opinion Matters: DCF Suicide Prevention Survey

As part of the New Jersey Strategy for Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, NJ DCF is asking our families, system partners, stakeholders, and service providers to complete it to help New Jersey assess our progress in this work.