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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
P.O. Box 408, Caldwell, NJ 07006, 973-228-2110
    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.

La Leche Leagues
    International organization provides support and information to breastfeeding mothers. Consult website to find local groups. Nursing mothers, their babies and expectant mothers are welcome.

Livingston Parent Self-Help Support Group
973-533-1319 • Email:
    Self-help support group for parents, based on Tough-Love philosophy and facilitated by experienced parents, provides support, referrals and solutions.

MOMIE Mothers of Multiples in Essex
P.O. Box 289, Livingston, NJ 07039
    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.

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

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

NCJW / Essex Center for Women
70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120, Livingston, 973-994-4994
    A safe and affordable place 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 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.

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, phone-pal, newsletter. All welcome. Visit website for Share chapters in New Jersey.