What We Do

Individual & Family Programs

(Open to the Public)

Family and Children’s Services’ individual and family programs are provided in an empathetic, warm, and non-judgmental manner by licensed mental health professionals, several of whom are bilingual English/Spanish. Our clinical team recognizes that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by earlier events in our lives, and we help clients cope with anxiety, depression, and other challenges.

Mental Health Counseling

Family and Children’s Services is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health to provide outpatient mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families. We used evidence-based therapy to treat anxiety and depression, school and workplace difficulties, family challenges and relationship issues. We accept Medicaid, self-pay, and a limited number of sliding scale clients.

Parents concerned about risky behaviors in their teens can inquire about our Youth Services counseling program, funded by the County of Union.

Parenting Classes

FACS’ weekly parenting classes provide a supportive community of other parents, as well as a skilled facilitator to lead the discussions. Topics include positive reinforcement, developmental stages, building self-esteem, and parenting self-care. Parenting classes run two hours each for 6 weeks. Classes are available in English and Spanish. FACS accepts referrals from NJ DCPP as well as self-pay clients.

Assertive Communication Skills

This 6-week program is designed for individuals who are experiencing interpersonal challenges related to anger management issues. The course reviews emotional triggers, assertiveness, and conflict resolution skills to deal with stressful situations at work, in the community, or with family members. FACS accepts referrals from NJ DCPP as well as self-pay clients.

Case Management
(In Home Life Skills)

Funded through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, this program is available to parents in Union County who are struggling to provide basic needs for their children. FACS’ case managers provide in home support, assisting families with budgeting, basic parenting skills, and accessing local resources, including food pantries, safety net programs, and other public and non-profit assistance programs. Individuals may self-refer, or be referred by NJ DCPP.

Post-Adoption Services for Adults

Family and Children’s Services is licensed by the Division of Children and Families to provide adoption services for adults who were adopted through the agency, including creating an adoption synopsis/narrative. The agency also conducts background checks for step-parents and assists with search and reunification. Our adoption services are self-pay.

HEART
(Hope, Empathy, and Recovery from Trauma)

A counseling program for unaccompanied migrant children.

Conoce a un niño o adolescente que inmigró a los Estados Unidos y fue separado de sus padres o cuidadores? Muchos de estos niños experimentaron eventos que los han dejado tristes, enojados o asustados. A los niños que participan en nuestro programa HEART se les asignará un consejero de habla hispana especialmente capacitado. Este servicio gratuito es confidencial.

This program is funded by a federal grant through SAMHSA. 

Community & Professional Trauma Programs

Family and Children’s Services’ Workshops, Professional Educational Programs, and Trauma Groups are offered free of charge through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Community Workshops

FACS provides a variety of workshops for adults on trauma-related topics for community groups, including schools, police departments, and others groups that work with children. Topics include Trauma 101, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma and Child Development, and more.

Professional Trainings

Several times per year, FACS offers professional trainings to licensed clinicians on Evidence-Based Treatments including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), and Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET).

Therapeutic Trauma Groups

FACS partners with community groups that serve at-promise (formerly “at-risk”) youths to provide Evidence-Based Therapy in a group setting. Groups are held once per week for approximately 12 weeks, and cover topics including identifying stressors, regulating stress reactions, and gaining coping skills.

For information about any of our trauma programs, please email Rebecca Hess at rhess@facsnj.org.

Government-Funded Programs

(Referral Needed)

The following programs are provided to families who are typically referred from state and county agencies, including the court system, New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), and the County of Union.

Family Stabilization

This program provides in-home and in-office counseling and case management services for families who are in jeopardy of disruption of the family unit, including the possibility of having a child placed out of the home. Licensed therapists trained in trauma therapy work with the entire family, as well as the members individually to strengthen family bonds.

In-Home Life Skills

This program provides in-home parenting support, life skills education, and case management services to families with multiple stressors, often as a result of poverty. Families are provided with linkages to community resources, including food pantries, and are assisted with securing qualified-for public benefits.

Parenting Skills Classes

(Also available to the public on a self-pay basis) This program provides parents with psychoeducation about child development, and allows parents to identify strengths to improve their parenting skills. Classes are held Saturday mornings.

Visitation Services

This program provides a therapeutic environment for parents and children to strengthen bonds while the child is an out-of-home placement. Parents are coached on appropriate behavioral management techniques and coping skills.

Union FIRST (Family Intensive Reunification Services Team)

This program is a reunification readiness program for parent and child. Beginning with in-office visitation, the child is gradually re-introduced into the family home with the support of a licensed mental health therapist and a case manager.

Youth Services Program

This program provides trauma-informed therapy to youth at risk of involvement, or already involved in the juvenile justice system. Youth aged 12 – 21 are provided with short term (12-15 weeks) of individual therapy to recognize and change unproductive and self-defeating patterns of behavior.

For more information on any of these programs, and to learn more about how you can help, contact us.

Contact Us

Main Office


40 North Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Ph: 908-352-7474
Fax: 908-965-3227
info@facsnj.org

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Downtown Elizabeth Office


70 West Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Ph: 908-372-1007
Fax: 908-372-1008
info@facsnj.org