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Children & Family Support Groups in New Jersey

new jersey self-help clearinghouse
1-800-367-6274. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5. Service, funded by NJ Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services, ­private and corporate contributions, offers a registry of support groups in New Jersey, assistance in developing a group, periodic workshops for starting and running groups, an annual directory and volunteer opportunities.

See Moms Groups & Playgroups under Parents Place for more groups offering support in addition to playgroups and other social activities. Also see Specialized Health topics for websites that offer online support communities.

Holistic Moms Network
PO Box 408, Caldwell, NJ 07006, 877-HOL-MOMS. Consult website for local chapters. Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting moms with an interest in natural health and holistic parenting. Local chapters have monthly meetings, playgroups and social events.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey
Main Office: 256 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 105, Florham Park, NJ 07932, 973-765-9050. Offers community workshops and support groups addressing everyday issues facing children, teens and parents. Topics include parenting, social skills, special needs, mom and baby and more.

La Leche Leagues
1-800-LA-LECHE, 800-525-3243. International organization provides support and information to breastfeeding mothers. Local groups meet monthly. Nursing mothers, their babies and expectant mothers are welcome. To find groups in New Jersey, consult website.

Livingston Parent Self-Help Support Group
Northland Recreation Center, Jefferson Court, Livingston. Barbara and John, 973-227-7367; Paul, 908-464-1590; Caryn, 973-535-9716. Self-help support group for parents, based on Tough-Love philosophy. Support, referrals and solutions are facilitated by experienced parents.

MOMIE Mothers of Multiples in Essex
PO Box 289, Livingston, NJ 07039, email momiepresident@ A non-profit organization for parents of multiple-birth children living in and around Essex County, the group usually meets monthly at St. Barnabas Medical Center. Email for information.

Mothers' Center of Central New Jersey
P.O. Box 294, Cranford, NJ 07016, 908-514-8693. Email: Meets at Garwood Presbyterian Church, 341 Spruce Ave., Garwood. Non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded in 1978 provides friendship, education, outreach and support for parents.

Multiples of America
Also known as National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs. Support group for mothers of multiple birth children. To find a club in your area, visit website.

NCJW / Essex Center for Women
70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston, 973-994-4994. We offer a safe and affordable place to go for help when faced with life changes. Rainbows support groups for children; career planning; legal guidance; computer classes; workshops; and RISE Institute (Reaching Into Self Empowerment), which provides women experiencing life transitions with education and skills to reach their goals. All programs nonsectarian. Volunteer opportunities available.

The Connection, 79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242. Non-profit program provides support, education and wellness programs for women with cancer. Pathway Cooks, Healing Foods and Cancer Recovery Fitness programs.

Pet Loss Support Group
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Ave., Madison, 973-377-7094. Families with children and others who have lost a pet or are faced with the decision to euthanize a beloved pet are welcome to attend group sessions led by experienced counselors.

Resolve Community Counseling Center, Inc.
1830 Front St., Scotch Plains, 908-322-9180 ext. 20 or 10. Non-profit mental health organization offers support groups and workshops based on community needs.

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support of North New Jersey
Non-denominational, national organization formed by and for parents grieving the death of a baby. Monthly group meetings, lending library, phone-pal, newsletter. All welcome.