Child Protective Service / In-Home Hispanic Family Support Services
These specialized programs provide professional assessment, supportive counseling and case management services to abused and/or neglected children and their families. Families identified by DCP&P (Division of Child Protection and Permanency - formerly DYFS) are provided supportive in-home or office counseling, coordinated case management, parenting skills education and support, budgeting and financial literacy training, anger management education, substance abuse education , random urine screening, transportation and referral services, in order to improve parenting and help parents manage inter-familial stress, with the goal of preventing further abuse and/or neglect. Eligible families are those served and referred by the Union County DCP&P Local Offices and the Essex County (Newark) Local office of DCP&P.
All of the services provided are based on the family support model, with the major program philosophy tied to a strength-based, collaborative, culturally sensitive assessment and intervention model.
CPS/IHH recognizes the special vulnerability and stress confronted by referred families and the multiple issues they may face. The program believes in creating active partnerships with children and their parents in order to improve communication and problem-solving skills, with the goal of preventing out-of-home placement. The program seeks to mobilize supportive family members as well as community resources to assist the family in creating and/or maintaining family stability and well-being.
Goals and Expected Outcomes
The goals of the program are the prevention of child abuse and neglect, with several key objectives in helping families achieve and/or maintain permanency. These include, but are not limited to:
- Improving communication among all family members, but especially between parents and children. Anger management is available to build skills that support the control over the expression of negative emotions while promoting healthy expression and problem-solving.
- Improvements in parenting skills and parents sense of competency. The program uses multi-session evidence based parenting education curricula which can be brought into the home and shared and discussed with parents. The programs teach parents age-appropriate expectations of their children, appropriate discipline techniques, and methods for handling child behavioral issues. The training skills programs are supplemented with stress management materials and materials on ways to praise your children.
- Expansion of the child and family�s network of formal and informal support. Supportive services are offered to help families meet their goals. This can be in the form of transportation to attend a medical appointment or school meeting and interpreting services, if needed; information and assistance in applying for entitlement programs; emergency food or shelter assistance; legal, immigration, or employment assistance through one of Catholic Charities� many supportive programs; or mental health services or support groups.
- Improved Family safety. Staff teaches safety planning for individuals and families that are victims of domestic violence.
- Family Strengthening. Family support and family "fun" activities are offered and participation encouraged to aid in growth and strengthening of family bonds.
- Recovery Support. Substance abuse education and referral, when requested by DCP&P, consists of education about alcohol and drug use, random urine screenings, and referral to 12-Step programs.
Our Commitment to Family Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Permanency
All Child Protective Services and In-Home Hispanic Family Support Services implement the philosophy of the program, which is to strengthen each family and give them the needed skills and services to be able to successfully meet their DCP&P obligations as well as the goals they have identified as important to helping them be safe, successful, healthy and happy as individuals and as a family.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Child Protective Service / In-Home Hispanic Support Services
505 South Avenue East
Cranford, NJ 07016
Monday - Friday,
8:30am - 4:30pm