Children in foster care are some of New Jersey’s neediest and most vulnerable individuals. Many come from chaotic home environments, where they experienced profound neglect, psychological maltreatment, physical and sexual abuse, and were exposed to parental drug abuse, incarceration and domestic violence. They have often switched homes and schools several times, never able to feel settled and secure.
Approximately 500,000 U.S. children are in foster care and about 10,000 in New Jersey. Establishing safe, stable and nurturing relationships in childhood can have a positive impact on an individual’s psychological and physical health trajectories—the Foster Care Counseling Project can help.