Resources

Emergency/Crisis Resources

Child Abuse/Neglect

1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
State Central Registry

In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR).

Domestic Violence

1-800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233)
24 hours a day - 7 days a week

This hotline serves domestic violence victims and others seeking information about domestic violence services.

Safe Haven for Infants

1-877-839-2339

Under the New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, a person may give up an unwanted infant anonymously and without fear of arrest or prosecution as long as the baby has not been abused.

Reach NJ

1-844-ReachNJ (1-844-732-2465)

ReachNJ connects individuals who need counseling to live, trained addiction experts who answer the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline and get callers help, regardless of their insurance status.

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NJ 2-1-1

NJ 2-1-1
www.NJ211.org

NJ 211 is available 24/7 for help with food, utilities, housing, rental assistance, mental and physical health, substance use disorders, child care, senior needs, legal assistance, transportation, disability services and more.

Families First Discovery Pass

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The Families First Discovery Pass program provides families and individuals who receive benefits through SNAP, WFNJ, the Child Care Subsidy Program and/or WIC free or steeply discounted admission to museums, theaters, historic sites, cultural events and more across the state.

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator
The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is the state's free, web-based career exploration system.

New Jersey Career Connections
NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Career Services to support employment and job training needs.

New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
609-584-4480
HESAA, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, is the only New Jersey state agency with the sole mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school

Adoption Information
1-800-99ADOPT (1-800-992-3678)
If you have love to share, consider adopting a child into your family. Call to learn how you can give a child a permanent home by adopting a child with special needs.

Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline (State Central Registry)
1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). 

Children's System of Care
1-877-652-7624
DCF's Children's System of Care (CSOC), formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services, serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families; children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families; and, children with substance use challenges and their families.

Child Care Help Line
1-800-332-9227
Connects families to the local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies to help families determine if they are eligible for New Jersey’s Subsidy Program, find and locate quality child care services and other child care options.

Division of Early Childhood Education
609-376-9077
The focus of the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) is to enhance social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey's children -- preschool through third grade -- by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative program.

Domestic Violence
1-800-572-SAFE (1-800-572-7233) 24 hours a day - 7 days a week
This hotline serves domestic violence victims and others seeking information about domestic violence services.

Early Intervention Services (Birth to Age 3)
1-888-653-4463
The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.

Early Intervention Services (Over Age 3)
1-800-322-8174
New Jersey Early Intervention System Project Child Find – Assists families of preschoolers ages 3 through 5 concerned about their child’s development.

Family Help Line
1-800-THE-KIDS (1-800-843-5437) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
If you're feeling stressed out, call the Family Help Line and work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs. You'll speak to sensitive, trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who provide empathic listening about parenting and refer you to resources in your community.

Foster Care Information
1-877-NJ FOSTER
Many children in New Jersey need temporary homes until their parents are able to care for them or until a permanent home is found. Call to learn how you can open your heart and your home by becoming a foster parent.

Head Start
1-866-763-6481 
The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. Use the link above to locate Head Start near you.

Home Visitation Services
609-888-7400
Home Visitation provides helpful information and support to pregnant woman, new mothers or fathers, or other caregivers in the comfort and privacy of their home to ensure that babies and young children grow up healthy, happy and safe.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families can receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) can receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Kinship Navigator Program
call 211
Kinship Navigator supports caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their relatives’ children. 

NJ Parent Link
609-633-1363 (parent link administrator)
The focus of NJ Parent Link is to meet the information and resource needs of expectant parents, families with young children (newborns to children entering kindergarten) and professional stakeholders vested in the health and well-being of New Jersey's children and families. Parenting and support resources for families with older children, school aged to young adulthood, are also available.

Safe Haven for Infants
1-877-839-2339
New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.  Under this law a person may give up an unwanted infant anonymously.  As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
1-800-654-SPAN (1-800-654-7726)
SPAN is an independent organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth.

Teen Pregnancy Hotline
1-800-THE KIDS (1-800-843-5437)

NJ Office of Emergency Management
NJOEM works closely with our federal, state and local partners to prepare for virtually all hazards, natural or manmade, that could affect New Jersey's families, communities and businesses.

Ready.gov
Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today.

One Stop Career Centers
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.

State Disability Insurance
Find out how to get benefits when you can't work due to a non-work-related illness or injury.

Unemployment & Disability
For information on unemployment and disability insurance, and workers comp

Catastrophic Illness in Children Fund
1-800-335-FUND (1-800-335-3863)
The Fund is a financial assistance program for New Jersey Families with potentially catastrophic medical expenses due to a child’s illness or condition. 

Child Care
1-800-332-9227
New Jersey's child care program can provide you with valuable information about applying for child care assistance, where to find child care, licensing and complaint data and what makes a quality program.

Child Support
1-877-NJKIDS1 (1-877-655-4371)
The New Jersey Child Support Program helps establish and enforce child support orders, locate parents, establish paternity, and provide options for paying support.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
609-292-6400
NJEITC is a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of working families and individuals, including the self-employed, who earn low to moderate income.

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)
1-800-687-9512
New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, NJ SNAP, provides food assistance to families and individuals with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefits card accepted in most food retail stores and some farmers markets. 

NJ Helps
NJ Helps is an online screening tool that will help you see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.

Work First New Jersey (WFNJ)
1-800-792-9773
WFNJ provides temporary cash assistance and many other support services to families through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and cash benefits and support services to individuals and couples with no dependent children, through our General Assistance (GA) program.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious, domestically sourced and produced food, known as USDA Foods.

Food Pantries
call 211
Food pantries are places where people in need can access food.

NJ-SNAP-Ed
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) offers information on healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP)
1-800-687-9512
New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, NJ SNAP, provides food assistance to families and individuals with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefits card accepted in most food retail stores and some farmers markets. 

Senior Farmers' Market Program
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs.

Women Infants & Children (WIC)
WIC is a preventive public health nutrition program that provides nutrition and breastfeeding education, nutritious foods, and improved access to regular health care and social services to low and moderate-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and young children with, or at risk of developing nutrition-related health problems.

Jersey Fresh
Find fresh fruits and vegetables grown in New Jersey.

School Breakfast Program
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost breakfasts to children each school day in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.

School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches to children each day.

Special Milk Program
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and child care institutions who do not participate in other federal meal service programs.

After School Snack Program
The After school Snack Program helps children fully engage in afterschool programming by filling the hunger gap many children face in the afternoon and early evening.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) helps child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes provide nutritious foods to young children, at-risk youth, and adults who are chronically impaired.

SNAP Utility Program
NJ SNAP Utility Program (NJ SNAP-UP) is an energy assistance program to help offset the cost of energy for certain NJ SNAP households.  The SNAP-UP is not something you have to apply for; if you are eligible, you will automatically receive a $21 payment on your Families First card to be used to help you pay for your energy expenses

Get Covered NJ (Affordable Care Act)
1-833-677-1010 
Get Covered New Jersey is the state’s official health insurance marketplace. It is where individuals and families can easily shop for and buy health coverage, and the only place to receive financial help.

Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) Hotline
The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes and provides 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.

Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline
1-888-937-2835

New Jersey FamilyCare
1-800-701-0710
NJ FamilyCare is the state's publicly funded health insurance program, which includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. Qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low-cost healthcare coverage that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services, and even hospitalization.

NJ WorkAbility
1-888-285-3036
NJ WorkAbility offers people with disabilities who are working, and whose income would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid, the opportunity to receive full Medicaid coverage.

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled PAAD)
1-800-792-9745
The Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program is a state-funded program that helps eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on their prescription drug costs.

Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
1-888-285-3036
The TBI Fund provides New Jersey residents of any age, who have survived a traumatic brain injury, the opportunity to access the brain injury related services and supports they need to live in the community.

Energy Assistance Programs
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs offers access to several energy assistance programs such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and the Universal Service Fund (USF) programs.

Housing Assistance Programs
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs offers access to several housing assistance programs such as the State Rental Assistance Program and Housing Choice Voucher.

New Jersey Lifeline
The Lifeline utility assistance program offers an annual utility benefit and is administered by the New Jersey Division of Aging Services.

NJ Housing Resource Center (HRC)
The NJHRC is an online searchable registry of affordable and accessible housing units throughout the State of New Jersey. It was created by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA), an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Social Service for the Homeless (SSH)
The Social Service for the Homeless (SSH) program assists families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless, but are not eligible for welfare (usually because their income is too high) and so are not eligible for Emergency Assistance.

Postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMD) Hotline
1-800-328-3838
Postpartum Depression and other Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) are very common but knowing that there are treatments available that work isn't so common.  If you or someone you know might be affected, then take a look at this site for some helpful information.

Reach NJ
1-844-ReachNJ (1-844-732-2465)
ReachNJ connects individuals who need addiction counseling (substance abuse, alcohol, gambling) to live, trained addiction experts who answer the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline and get callers help, regardless of their insurance status.

NJ Self Help Group Clearinghouse
1-800-367-6274
The NEW JERSEY SELF-HELP GROUP CLEARINGHOUSE was started in 1981 as the first statewide operation of its kind in the country. The mission of the Clearinghouse is to help people find and form all types of self-help support groups in order to provide hope, strength and experience to those in need in order to not feel alone.