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Paul Stach named Chair of Family & Children’s Service’s (FCS) Board of Directors

Paul Stach, Chair Board of Directors

Retired finance executive Paul Stach of Little Silver has been named to a two-year term as Chair of Family Children’s Service’s (FCS) Board of Directors. He succeeds Dena Reger, an attorney with the Little Silver law firm of Jahos, Broege & Shaheen LLP, whose term expired in December.

“Paul will continue the tradition of strong leadership of our Board of Directors,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “His professional skills and experience coupled with his deep understanding and compassion for the vulnerable make him an effective and worthy advocate for the agency.”

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Protecting the Vulnerable

Adult Abuse is a growing problem, not just in our community, but throughout the country. FCS Director of Adult Protective Services, Lisa Barnes, recently spoke with SCAN TV Community Connections host Pat Bohse about this often hidden epidemic and what is being done to help vulnerable adults.

It’s a New Year. Volunteer!

It’s a New Year! Have you resolved to make a difference in your community through volunteering? Director of Volunteer Services Samantha White discuss the variety of volunteer opportunities available with Family & Children’s Service on this month’s Comcast Newsmakers.


FCS Grants the Holiday Wishes of 1,600 Area Children

IMG_0008More than 1,600 area children and their families had a brighter holiday season this year thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local businesses, schools and organizations who supported Family & Children’s Service’s (FCS) annual gift giving drive Operation Sleighbells. The program, which traces its roots to the start of the agency in 1909, fulfills the holiday wishes of area children whose families may be struggling financially by collecting and distributing thousands of new toys, books, coats, hats and other necessities each year.

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Donations sought for Operation Sleighbells

IMG_1203The holidays are almost here and once again, we are asking for your help in granting the wishes of area children whose families may not be able to provide gifts this holiday season. Family & Children’s Service  is collecting new coats, hats, gloves, toys, books, gift cards and infant necessities for children taking part in Operation Sleighbells, our signature holiday giving program.

“Despite the relative prosperity of our area, many families, including working families, still struggle to make ends meet,” says Samantha White, program coordinator and FCS Director of Volunteer Services. “Operation Sleighbells helps fill the gap. By providing relief to families during what can be a stressful time of year, we are upholding our Mission to support people during challenging times.”

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Celebrating 106 Years of Service to the Community

IMG_0258Thank you to the hundreds of friends, family and supporters who turned out for our annual fall fundraising Gala to help celebrate 106-years of Family & Children’s Service and honor three of our most charitable supporters, former FCS Board member and Rumson resident Susan Sorokolit and Alan and David Robinson, principals at Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork.

The Hawaiian themed event, “E Komo Mai o Hawaii” or “Welcome to Hawaii”, drew more than 200 people to the Navesink Country Club on Saturday, October 24th for a festive evening of dining and dancing. This year’s Gala is expected to raise over $125,000 to support critical community-based programs and services, including intervention services for neglected and exploited adults, home health and respite care for families seeking a way to care for an aging loved one at home, and financial management services for those at risk of homeless.

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Your Medicare Questions Answered

open_enrollmentToday marks the start of Medicare Open Enrollment, the period of time from October 15th through December 7th when eligible Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage plans without penalty. Seniors who have questions about their Medicare options for 2016 are encouraged to call Family & Children’s Service (FCS) to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of our qualified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors. Learn more

Recognizing our FCS Aides of the Month


August Aide of the Month Peggy McGirr

Peggy McGirr has been a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) with Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Home Care Services for 30 years. For more than half of that time, Peggy has been taking care of only one client, seven days a week, 365 days a year. She is so devoted to her client that Peggy frequently stops by during her off hours just to check on her. During Superstorm Sandy, Peggy went so far as to stay by her client’s bedside for three consecutive days until the storm passed and power was restored. It’s one of the many reasons she is being recognized as August’s Aide of the Month. Learn more