We provide home-based and clinic-based mental health counseling and preventative services for children in foster and relative care and their families. For over 25 years, FCCP has provided counseling and prevention services to nearly 700 children in foster care and their families with support from the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.
We provide direct services, including:
- needs assessment
- short-term and long-term therapeutic interventions through play, family and group therapy
- therapeutic parent guidance
We consult and collaborate with child protective workers, school personnel, and other professionals.
We train caregivers, agency workers, school personnel and others on topics such as:
- adjustment to foster care
- impact of trauma and loss
- behavior management
- sexual abuse
- stress management for caregivers
Model of Service
Ideally, FCCP begins working with a child when s/he is first placed in foster care to:
- provide trauma- and attachment-informed individual, dyadic or family therapy as needed;
- collaborate with the resource family and school to provide therapeutic environments for the child;
- bring the biological parents into treatment as reunification nears; and
- work with the biological family after reunification occurs.
If a child is to be adopted, we like to include the adoptive family in treatment prior to and after placement to provide continuity of care and maximize chances for placement stability, successful reunification or adoption, and optimal child functioning.
University-Based Training for Clinicians
Few university-based training models in foster care for psychologists exist in New Jersey and the tri-state area. Our well-trained clinicians are better prepared to help children and families most at-risk.
Doctoral students receive specific training in the ARC Framework, and trauma-focused and game-based CBT. In addition, we provide a fieldwork course for undergraduates, many of whom go on to graduate school and/or careers working with these at-risk populations.
Funding for this program is provided by the United Way and the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families.