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September 17, 2018  

Apoyo Para Padres

Ocean Partnership for Children has created a facebook page Apoyo Para Padres, APP, for parents in Ocean County to have a private page where they can make connections with other parents, share information and resources, and have a supportive community

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.

August 22, 2018  

Back to School Supply Drive

Toms River & Central Jersey Shore Macaroni Kid are partnering with Monmouth & Ocean County Council for Young Children and the Ocean County YMCA to provide local families in need with back to school supplies.

July 31, 2018  

Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together

NPR-For most of her childhood, growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, Kelly Zimmerman felt alone and anxious.She despaired when her mother was depressed or working late shifts; when her parents fought nonstop; when her friends wanted to come over, and she felt too ashamed to let them see her home's buckling floor, the lack of running water. 

July 31, 2018  

Researchers Show Impact of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare More Lasting

Now, a landmark study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire has found that parents of youth who went through an outdoor behavioral program report that their children showed almost three times the improvement after one year than youth who remained in their communities for more traditional treatment.

July 31, 2018  

VNA to open LGBTQ center in Asbury Park

The Visiting Nurse Association’s Health Group Prevention Resource Network will open a center within its VNACJ Community Health Center in Asbury Park to serve the LGBTQ community.

July 10, 2018  

Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

July 10, 2018  

The Growing Case for Social Media Addiction

Dr. Orif Turel, a leading researcher in technology addiction and an associate professor at CSU Fullerton, says compulsively checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter isn't just fun — it could be hurting our brain.

July 2, 2018

New Text Number Steers NJ Kids to Summer Meals

People can text “summer meals” to 97779 or visit to find local sites. Both the text number and website provide locations, meals served and times meals are served, based on a person’s zip code.

June 26, 2018  

Ocean County Hunger Relief to close after 37 years

TOMS RIVER - After 37 years serving the most vulnerable people from Lakewood to Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County Hunger Relief will permanently close its doors and cupboards on June 30.

June 26, 2018  

Disabled people in N.J. just got a benefit they've always wanted

People with disabilities or their families now will be permitted to create a tax-free savings account to pay for housing, transportation and other services to help them lead independent lives, under a program announced Monday by Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson.

June 26, 2018  

2018 Ocean County Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

The Ocean County Health Department is pleased to announce the start of the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process. The first step in this process is launching the 2018 Ocean County Community Health Needs Assessment Survey to guide the development of goals to improve healthcare in Ocean County over the next five years.

June 26, 2018  

The FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange.

June 19, 2018  

With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay'

...drug prevention education in schools has evolved significantly since the "Just Say No" days of the '80s — and now typically takes an approach that's more appropriate for the era of ubiquitous weed access. It's one that emphasizes decision-making and critical thinking skills instead of abstinence.

June 12, 2018  

Will the New Foster Care Law Give Grandparents a Hand?

The aim of a new federal law is to reduce the number of children who end up in the troubled foster care system — the biggest reboot of the child welfare system since 1980. But already, the Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in February, is generating some controversy.

June 12, 2018  

Summer Success Kit for Kids With ADHD

Creating — and sticking to — a summer schedule will make it easier for kids to stay organized, help them manage transitions without melting down and make it less difficult to get back into a good routine when it’s time to go back to school. 

June 12, 2018  

Preventing Parent Burnout

Meeting the emotional challenges of caring for children with mental health issues