Our team is dedicated to providing resources and information that support our advocates and, ultimately, our CASA youth and families. You will find here a regularly updated list of statewide/national resources and services.

Resource Hubs

 

NJ 211

The 211 system is found throughout the United States and is devoted to connecting people in need to the resources that can help. NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach them: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (info@nj211.org); or chat online.

MY RESOURCE PAL

Find food, housing, transportation, and more resources in South Jersey.

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GIVE SOMETHING BACK FOUNDATION

Provides academic assistance, long-term coaching, career training, and support services to students who have experienced barriers to success

FIRST STAR

First Star New Jersey partners with youth in foster care to help them graduate high school, earn a post-secondary certificate and/or degree, and successfully transition to adulthood

Children in Science Class

First Star New Jersey partners with youth in foster care to help them graduate high school, earn a post-secondary certificate and/or degree, and successfully transition to adulthood

Education

 

Employment

 

ONE STOP CAREER CENTER OF NJ

New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Centers provide integrated services to workers, career seekers, and employers to help match candidates with a variety of opportunities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all One-Stop Career Centers are closed to in-person visits. However, NJDOL will continue to provide these critical services online, via email, and by phone.

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Disability

COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independent living and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community.

Advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities and promote their self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration into all facets of community life

Allows NJ residents with disabilities and their families, friends, caregivers, and associates access to an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.

DIVISION OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Provide education, advocacy, and direct services to eliminate barriers and promote increased accessibility to programs, services, and information routinely available to the state’s general population

Helping those with autism connect to necessary resources and achieve their full potential

The State of New Jersey and PerformCare work together to administer the developmental disability service delivery system for children and youth up to age 21, helping families access public behavioral health services

The Adult Center for Transition (ACT) program students will receive education and employment preparedness, self-advocacy training, and have access to community resources. ACT students will concentrate on the enhancement of literacy, writing composition, mathematics, social sciences, financial literacy, work-place readiness, personal growth and development, computer literacy and activities of daily living. 

DISABILITY RIGHTS NJ

AUTISM NJ

NJ SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY

PERFORMCARE

 

RCSJ ADULT CENTER FOR TRANSITION

Healthcare

 

FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS

Searchable list of all local federally qualified health centers

CDC BAM

a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices

GIRLS HEALTH

Girls' health matters! Read trusted health information on periods, pimples, friends, and fitness

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey, Inc. provides high-quality sexual and reproductive health care and education in 18 counties across New Jersey. Call Today at 1-800-230-PLAN to find a health center near you

EDGEPARK

Online medical supply delivery service that takes healthcare insurance for a wide array of medical conditions including nutritional supplements, night diapers, diabetes, breast pumps, etc.

NJ WIC

Tips for navigating NJ WIC (women, infants, children), a public health nutrition program that provides education, nutritious food, and improved access to health care and social
services for low or moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers and children
younger than five years of age, as well as children in foster care. 

LOGISTICARE RESERVATIONS

How to access non-emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) for NJ Family Care/Medicaid Clients

ADOLESCENT HOUSING HUB

This program is designed to assist youth with placement in to a transitional or permanent housing program and is managed by the Office of Adolescent Services under the Department of Children and Familes (DCF).

NJ COVENANT HOUSE

Shelter placement in Atlantic CIty.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

EMERGENCY HOUSING

VOA offers low-barrier residential programs that provide clients individualized assessments, service planning, and case management.

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Housing

 

CARE & SUPERVISION

 

Provides support to strengthen and empower children and families. Through the program, they provide in-home individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, and intensive case management to children, age 21 or younger, and their families.

 

Adolescent/Young Adults

NJ YOUTH RESOURCE SPOT

NJ Youth Resource Spot is a website created for young people in New Jersey that have had some sort of involvement in the NJ Department of Children and Families, helping them find different programs and services

WRAPAROUND CHEAT SHEET

Informational "cheat sheet" of wraparound benefits for 18-21 year-olds

ADOLESCENT SERVICES & PROVIDERS PROGRAMS

List of services and programs for adolescent youth throughout NJ

ACENDA LIFE SET

A program that empowers young people from foster care to successfully transition to adulthood.

DRIVER'S ASSISTANCE

NJ Driver's Assistance FAQ for youth in foster care.

SUPPORT & EMPOWERMENT

How to support and empower young adults in foster care.

ANNUAL CREDIT REPORTING

Informational guide regarding annual credit reporting for youth ages 14 to 21.

NJ COVENANT HOUSE

Shelter placement in Atlantic City.

NAVIGATING WIC

Tips for navigating NJ WIC (women, infants, children).

ANNUAL CREDIT REPORT

Free credit reports.

THE NJ HOUSING & MORTGAGE FINANCE AGENCY DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

NJ  first time home buyer down payment assistance.

NJ DCF CASE CLOSURES

Case closure policy manual for young adults 18-21.

NJ DCF INDEPENDENT LIVING

Independent living policy manual.

NJ OFFICE OF ADOLESCENT SERVICES

SupportING adolescents in the transition to adulthood to achieve economic self sufficiency, interdependence, and engage in healthy life-styles by providing services and supports the youth need.

NJ DCF INDEPENDENT LIVING

Independent living placements and arrangements policy manual.

MY RESOURCE PAL

Food, housing, transportation, and more resources in South Jersey.

LOVE IS RESPECT

Teen/young adult dating. Recognizing the signs of physical or emotional abuse 

FAIR HOUSING ACT--EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS

Because of the Fair Housing Act, emotional support animals and their owners have legal rights that specifically guarantee access to housing.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

A Federal Communications Commission program that provides a monthly discount on internet service for qualifying households and one device discount on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

SAMPLE: INDEPENDENT LIVING STIPEND RESPONSIBILITY AGREEMENT

SAMPLE: VOLUNTARY SERVICE AGREEMENT

TRANSITION OF MINOR PARENT INTO ADULTHOOD

CHILD/YOUTH/ADOLESCENT BILL OF RIGHTS

RE-EXAMINING AND RE-DEFINING PERMANENCY FROM A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE

YOUTH RESOURCE SPOT WRAP AROUND INFO

Wraparound is emergency funding for eligible young people who were in foster care at age 16 or older or in a DCF adolescent contracted housing program between the ages of 18-21. 

NJ GUIDE TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

CHAFEE FUNDS

The John H. Chafee Foster Care for Successful Transition to Adulthood (the Chaffee Program) provides funding to assist youth in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care with services and financial assistance to promote their transition to adulthood. Grants are offered to States and Tribes who submit a plan to assist youth in a wide variety of areas designed to support a successful transition to adulthood. Activities and programs include, but are not limited to, help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emootional support and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care.

Domestic Violence

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATION & INFO POWERPOINT

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WHEEL FOR TEENS

UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WHEEL FOR TEENS

POWER AND CONTROL WHEEL

BIDERMAN'S CHART OF COERCION

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF STRANGULATION

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PREGNANCY

PETS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

STALKING

WHO IS PROTECTED UNDER THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT

SAFETY PLANNING

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

SAFE WAY OUT

Safe Way Out helps those who are in fear for their physical safety from an abuser, stalker, violent attacker, etc.

PEACEFUL TOMORROWS AGENCY REFERRAL

It is a referral form for children ages 3-18 living in Cumberland or Gloucester counties that have been exposed to DV.

2022 NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS

 NJ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROCEDURES MANUAL 2022

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS EXPLAINED

A PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE SAFETY PLANNING

Informational brochures in English and Spanish on safety planning and resources.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROCEEDINGS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM--STEP BY STEP GUIDE

SAMPLE: NJ DV CIVIL COMPLAINT & TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

SAMPLE: NJ DV FINAL RESTRAINING ORDER

 

Mental Health

NAMI

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

PERFORMCARE NJ

National, full-service behavioral health managed care organization supporting members through specialized behavioral health and human services programs in both the public and private sectors.

NATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS CARE

PDF of best practices.

NJ MENTAL HEALTH CARES

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents.

EMDR THERAPY

About EMDR therapy It is therapy for anxiety, PTSD, dissociative disorders, depression and bipolar, grief & loss, substance abuse, addiction, violence, sexual assaults, etc.

GENESIGHT TEST

The GeneSight Psychotropic test is a genetic test that shows your provider how your genes may affect medication outcomes. The GeneSight test may reveal which medications to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health conditions require dose adjustments, be less likely to work, or have an increased risk of side effects based on your DNA.

PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE EXPLAINED

SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS FOR CHILD-SERVING INDIVIDUALS--FACT SHEET

TRAUMA STEWARDSHIP--EVERYDAY GUIDE FOR SELF WHILE CARING FOR OTHERS

PSYCHIATRIC MEDICINE EXPLAINED: RISKS/BENEFITS/ALTERNATIVES

THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE GUIDE

CLARITY PSYCHIATRIC CARE

Psychiatric - Accepts Medicaid for Kids and Adults

MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINES:

CRISIS TEXT LINE

Text “START” To 741741

Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free mental health texting service through confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

1-800-799-7233

 

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse

NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE

1-800-RUNAWAY

 

For 50 years, the National Runaway Safeline has been responding to youth and families in crisis, serving as the national communications system for runaway and homeless youth

PARENTS ANONYMOUS HELPLINE

1-855-2736

 

Ensuring meaningful parent and youth leadership with lived experiences in shared leadership that results in better outcomes for families and communities by advocating, implementing and evaluating 

2ND FLOOR: NJ YOUTH HELPLINE

888-222-2228

 

2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults, helping find solutions to the problems that you face at home, at school or at play

NJ Connect for Recovery

855-652-3737

NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping family members and friends coping with a loved one’s substance use disorder

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

1-800-273-8255

 

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals

MOM2MOM

1-877-914-6662

 

The Mom2Mom helpline connects moms of special needs children and adults with moms of a similar circumstance who are specially trained in peer counseling and crisis support, making them uniquely qualified to offer relevant and realistic guidance and support

TRANS LIFELINE

THE TREVOR PROJECT

1-866-488-7386

 

Providing information & support to LGBTQ 
young people 24/7, all year round

INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION UNIT

To report institutional/resource home abuse

NJ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINES

List of NJ domestic violence helplines and hotlines

877-565-8860

 

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis 

NJ SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINES

List of key toll-free suicide prevention hotlines

NJ HUMAN SERVICES HOTLINES

List of key phone numbers - Toll-Free Helplines & Hotlines

STATE HOMELESS HOTLINE

DIAL "211" TO CALL

 

Working in partnership with county agencies throughout New Jersey in an effort to ensure that those experiencing homelessness have a safe place to stay at night. Those in need can call at any time of the day or night, any day of the year. Services are accessible in different languages for non-English speakers.

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NJ COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

PDF including various COVID-19 related resources throughout NJ

NJ COVID-19 INFORMATION HUB

Information hub for all COVID-19 related questions, resources, and information in NJ

EXCLUDED NEW JERSEYANS FUND

Provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance.

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COVID-19

 
 

Scholarships

GIVE SOMETHING BACK FOUNDATION

Give Back provides long-term coaching, career-based planning, scholarships, and more services to students who have experienced barriers to success

NJ COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Rolling scholarship program awards scholarships to current high school seniors attending a college, university, or technical school; to current college students; and to survivors of human trafficking (labor or sex trafficking) who are pursuing their GEDs or college

Court

 
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YOUTH IN COURT

Offers tips on talking to your CASA youth about court and why it is important for young people to be involved in their court hearings and advocate for themselves.

NJ COURT SESSIONS

 Link to live court sessions in NJ broken down by counties to watch any court hearing (that is not closed court).  

NJ MUNICIPAL COURT SEARCH

Link to confirm what someone is charged with, their upcoming court date, and prior charges.  

Life Skills

 

FOLLOW-UP EMAIL

How to write an effective follow-up email if you receive no response

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CAMP TO BELONG

Reunites siblings placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes through events that encourage positive sibling connections and empower meaningful relationships.

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