Post Adoption Counseling Services

Post Adoption Counseling Services (PACS) are available to any family that resides in New Jersey and has an adopted child under the age of 21. Although the majority of adopted children adjust well to their adoptive status, there are a considerable number of children and families that face challenges that are unique to the adoption experience. Services include family and/or individual therapy, support services, participation in educational meetings and groups.

All Post Adoption Counseling Service clinicians specialize in the clinical concerns of adoption including, but not limited to: identity issues; loss and separation; curiosity about origins; and feelings of difference. There is no fee for the any of the PACS services provided to families.

Click here for a listing of PACS agencies in New Jersey



New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ ARCH)

The New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ Arch) provides an Adoption Resource Directory, Buddy Mentoring, Adoption Support Groups, online resources, email and phone support, lending library, and referral service to individuals involved with Adoption in New Jersey.


1-877-4ARCHNJ or 1-(877-427-2465)


Children's System of Care

Staff is on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help families get in home counseling and behavioral health services for children. Mobile response assistance is available 24 hours a day during a mental health crisis. All services are free through the State of New Jersey.




NJ Department of Children and Families Youth Hotline

This is a youth hotline serving all youth and young adults in New Jersey. Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. Anonymity and confidentiality are assured except in life threatening situations.




Family Helpline

If parents are feeling stressed, they can call and work through their frustrations 24 hours a day 7 days a week before a crisis occurs. The staff is made up of trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous.


1-800-THE-KIDS (1-800-843-5437)


Family/Domestic Violence

New Jersey coalition for battered women provides leadership, support and resources on the prevention of violence against women in New Jersey.



NJ Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-SAFE  (1-800-572-7233)


National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-779-7233


Addictions Hotline




Gambling Addiction


1- 800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) 


Division of Mental Health Services for Adults




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