Child neglect and abuse happen. Sometimes, for safety, children have to be taken from their parents. We have professional teams all over northern New Jersey who go into homes before it gets that bad. We listen to parents. We respect their lived experiences and understand that there are complicated factors—far beyond intent— that go into healthy parenting. Oftentimes, parents tell us they weren’t parented themselves and just don’t know how.
- Sometimes, parents are considered unfit only because they are homeless. So we provide supportive housing.
- When a family isn’t referred to us until the children are already in foster care, we coordinate and supervise weekly therapeutic family visits to rebuild familial bonds and work toward reunification.
- In all cases, we provide counseling to both parents and their children, and also link the family to additional community supports.
- At Family Connections, it’s all about imagining success. We believe in parents until they believe in themselves. We offer the resources and expertise they need to build coping and parenting skills because we know that, almost always, children belong with their birth family.