Children & Youth
JFS provides services to help strengthen families and children/youth to assist them in developing the skills to handle everyday stresses as well as more significant challenges.
Autistic Spectrum Services
Project AWARE provides community education about Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a limited number of no or low cost evaluations and support for families with children who are newly diagnosed with ASDs. Project Aware is funded by United Way of Atlantic County and targets young children from minority families and uninsured and underinsured families in Atlantic County.
Project AWARE works to increase awareness of autism and related disorders. It is funded by United Way and provides:
- Community education
- Short-term case management
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
FFT is an empirically grounded and highly successful family intervention for at-risk youth whose problems range from acting out to conduct disorders. This program is funded through the Children's System of Care and run in partnership with Cape Counseling Behavioral Healthcare services. FFT is an evidence-based family intervention program for dysfunctional youth ages 11-18 who either are court involved or at risk for court involvement.
Child and Adolescent Counseling offers a variety of outpatient therapeutic services provided by experienced child and adolescent therapists.
The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions provides assistance to children and their families so they will successfully meet a child’s challenges. State-of-the-art, evidenced-based interventions are provided by a team of experts, specially trained to work with youth and their families. The first approach, Parent Management Training (PMT)is designed for children ages 3-14 years old. This program was developed as a result of common behavior problems such as temper tantrums and refusal to do chores or severe aggression. Sessions are held with the parent(s)/caregiver and youth and when necessary, siblings are included. PMT generally requires 12-16 meetings.
About one in four American children will experience a traumatic event by the age of 16. The second approach, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) has been shown to reduce trauma symptoms in children and adolescents.These improvements last long after treatment ends.
JFS provides case management to families with open cases with Division of Children’s protection and Permanency. Services include helping families learn budgeting, household management, and basic parenting skills, as well as linkages to services. This program is available by DYFS referral only.
Inquire about any of the Counseling Programs at JFS by phone at (609) 822-1108.