new jersey self-help clearinghouse
1-800-367-6274. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5. Service, funded by State Division of Mental Health Services, state legislation and private and corporate contributions, offers a comprehensive listing of support groups in New Jersey, assistance in developing a group, periodic workshops for starting and running groups, an annual directory and volunteer opportunities. Support groups for youth, parents and parents of children with special needs are available.
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.
Grief Support Group
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Florham Park, Livingston, West Orange and Jersey City, 973-765-9050. Open to men and women who have lost a spouse or significant other and are struggling with their sorrow.
Holistic Moms Network
PO Box 408, Caldwell, NJ 07006, 877-HOL-MOMS. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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; Debbie, 973-615-3142; 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@
yahoo.com. 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, Inc.
P.O. Box 294, Cranford, NJ 07016, 908-514-8693.
Email: email@example.com. Non-profit, non-sectarian organization founded in 1978 provides friendship, education, outreach and support for parents. Meets at Garwood Presbyterian Church, 341 Spruce Ave. (between Center and East Streets), Garwood.
NCJW 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. Support groups for women and children; career planning; legal and financial 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.
New Jersey Parent Caucus Autism Support Group
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, 655 E. Jersey St., Floor 1, Elizabeth, NJ, 908-994-7257. 11am-1pm. NJ Parent Caucus hosts a monthly support group for parents and caregivers raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Registration is recommended as lunch is served.
Legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System are also offered.
Parents Support Group New Jersey, Inc.
P.O. Box 221, West Orange 07052, 973-533-9070, 800-561-4299. Non-profit foundation sponsors self-help groups for parents to cope with the disease of addiction. Sibling support group.
The Connection for Women and Families, 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 a free, ongoing support group for parents coping with the daily challenges of raising a child with any type of disability.
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.