Below are various local resources available at no cost to children & families.
Free & Reduced Lunch Application
Your child may qualify for free and/or reduced lunch- see free/reduced lunch application here.
El solicitud para comida gratuita o de precio reducido en Español acquí.
Perform Care 1-877-652-7624 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Perform Care can assist with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health needs for youth ages 5 through 21. Services recommended by Perform Care are FREE. Insurance is not necessary and does not affect eligibility for services in any way.
When calling Perform Care, you will be connected with a representative. The representative will ask a series of pre-determined questions (asked of everyone who calls). Some questions may not apply, but they are necessary to best direct you to the proper resources. Please share any/all concerns accurately with the representative.
Following the short initial interview, Perform Care may send a representative to your home to conduct a needs assessment (within 72 hours). The needs assessment will be used to determine which resources and/or supports may be appropriate.
Mobile Response stabilization services can be accessed through Perform Care.
PerformCare may authorize mobile response stabilization services (MRSS) to come to your home within one hour of notification to provide face-to-face crisis services. The goal is to stabilize behavior and keep your child at home. Mobile response is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can offer up to eight weeks of stabilization services.
Family Based Services Association 732-542-4502 or email: email@example.com
Family Based Services can assist in connecting parents/guardians and their families with appropriate services within the community. This is a parent run organization designed to provide support and guidance to parents/guardians in navigating services, understanding their child’s needs and more. Learn more about FBSA here.
Garden State Equality 973-509-5428
Ashley Chiappano (Safe Schools Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 2004, Garden State Equality (GSE) is the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in New Jersey and one of the most successful statewide civil rights organization for the LGBTQ community in the nation. Services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings.
In collaboration with community partners, Garden State Equality led efforts to ensure nondiscrimination for transgender people and gender nonconforming people in New Jersey.
Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU)
732-542-2444 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) OR 732-996-7645 (after hours)
The Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) is a program offered through the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County. Services are provided to Monmouth County youth ages 10-14. FCIU helps children with behavioral difficulties and assists families in changing behaviors to increase academic productivity and reduce conflict within the family. FCIU provides counseling, de-escalation services, intervention services, guidance, referral assistance and/or case monitoring as needed for crises. FCIU aims to deal with problem behaviors to prevent involvement with the juvenile-justice system. FCIU offers both case management and counseling services.
Bayshore Family Success Center 732-497-3811
The Bayshore Family Success Center is located at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center in Leonardo. The center is a community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering place where any community resident can go for family support, information and services.
The purpose of Family Success Centers is to enrich the lives of children and parents by making families and neighborhoods stronger. Families receive support in dealing with the stress of parenting and everyday issues.
The Bayshore Family Success Center is committed to strengthening families and inspiring parent, family and community involvement.
Hotlines & Text Lines:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people during emergencies. The Lifeline also helps specific groups, such as youth, loss survivors, veterans, LGBTQ+, and more, cope with suicidal thoughts.
NJ Hopeline 1-855-654-6735
The NJ Hopeline has specialists available 24/7 who offer counseling and support over the phone.
2NDFloor Youth Helpline 1-888-222-2228
2NDFLOOR is a confidential helpline for New Jersey’s youth that helps find solutions to problems they face at home, at school, or at play.
Crisis Text Line Text: 741741
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained Crisis Counselors. Their first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.