Family and Children Services

The Wilf Center for Family and Children Services offers a program of services to strengthen the lives of individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families.

Through multiple coordinated programs, our caring professional staff brings a variety of expertise to assist clients in improving their lives.

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Individual, Couple and Family Counseling

JFS is a NJ licensed Outpatient Mental Health Center. Our licensed clinical staff specializes in facilitating the successful resolution of individual, couples, children and family problems.

Stress and conflict are a part of life, and there are times when professional counseling is needed to provide help with these concerns.

These challenges may include depression and anxiety, marital and partnership conflict, extended family issues, parent and child problems, including school-related issues.

Our caring staff has a broad range of expertise and will focus on your strengths to help you gain the insight and skills to better cope with life.

 

Domestic Violence Counseling

JFS is committed to addressing family violence, both emotional and physical.

Our services include counseling for victims and their children, assistance with safety planning and concrete needs, advocacy, and referral for emergency shelter/legal support.

We also provide counseling to address teen dating violence.

School Based Services

As part of our counseling services to children, we recognize that problems may be school related.

We provide consultation to teachers and administrators in both private and public schools.

 

Children's Counseling

Our licensed social workers are experienced in working with children, adolescents and families to seek solutions, nurture growth and help restore family balance.

In a warm, trusting environment, the emphasis is on early intervention with evidence based techniques.

Through a team effort, parents and clinicians work together to maximize the strengths of the family and to develop the parents' ability to nurture and provide personal growth opportunities for their children.

Services include play therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, consultation and education to teachers, school administrators and physicians.

Adoption Services

If you are thinking about adoption, the professional experts in our NJ Certified Adoption Department can educate and support you in the creation of your adoption plan.

We provide comprehensive services including home studies and post-placement supervision reports for domestic adoptions.

Additionally, our compassionate staff provides pre and post adoption counseling services to children and their families.

 

Career Development

Today's economic crisis has created extreme hardship for many in our community who are unemployed, underemployed or fear losing their jobs.

Our program provides help with job search, reducing stress and coping with changing financial circumstances.

We provide weekly job seeker support groups, individual appointments for career counseling, resume review and preparation for interviews.

Food Pantry

JFS is the only Kosher Food Pantry in Union County. We provide a monthly non-perishable food package to eligible individuals and families.

 

Urban Community Garden

On the grounds of JFS, our 850 square foot Urban Community Garden grows and distributes seasonal produce to our Food Pantry, Kosher Meals on Wheels and Homecare clients.

Grandparent as Parent Program

The Grandparent as Parent Program is offered to Union County residents over the age of fifty-five who have legal and residential custody of their grandchildren.

Information and referral, mental health assessments, counseling and care management services are provided.

 
Special Needs Caregivers Support Groups
Special Needs Siblings Support Groups

These two groups which meet monthly at the JCC in Scotch Plains provide support and guidance.

Through group conversation caregivers or siblings are given the opportunity to network with others, learn ways to advocate for their child and express feelings in a safe environment.