What's Happening at FCS

FCS partners with Foodtown to promote Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snack Packs, courtesy Foodtown

End-of-year school celebrations don’t have to include sugary snacks! Students enrolled in our Healthy Buddies program know that healthy treats are not only good to eat, they are good for you!

This year, thanks to a generous donation from Foodtown, Healthy Buddies students were treated to healthy “snack packs” at their end-of-year party. The packs contained two pieces of fruit, a nut-free granola bar and a bottle of water — all “Go” foods, that is, foods children are encouraged to eat almost anytime. Foods heavier in sugar and fat content are called “Slow” and “Whoa” foods under the evidence-based curriculum shared through Healthy Buddies.

FCS developed RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Healthy Buddies in response to the startling increase in childhood obesity nationwide and the growing numbers of young children and adolescents who are at-risk for obesity here in New Jersey. Mimicking the format of our RSVP Reading Buddies childhood literacy program, Healthy Buddies partners adult volunteers in the classroom with third and fourth grade students to help them develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Specially trained volunteers guide students in making healthy choices. This unique partnership helps promote healthy lifestyle experiences that can be shared across generations, bringing empathy and compassion to a topic sometimes fraught with anxiety and frustration.

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Registration Underway for 2018 FCS Golf Classic

We hope you will join us on Monday, July 23rd at Rumson Country Club for the 2018 FCS Golf Classic and help support vulnerable families in our community. Registration fees for this year’s event are the same as last year —  $420 for individual golfers and $1,650 for a foursome. (more…)


Take your Favorite Foursome to Pebble Beach

If you’ve always wanted to play Pebble Beach, California’s premier golf resort, synonymous with incomparable scenery, luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities, here is your opportunity! Enter FCS’ exclusive Pebble Beach Raffle for your chance to win a five day/four night stay for four at the The Lodge at Pebble Beach. (more…)


Your Invited to the Spring Fashion Show!

Members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) cordially invite you to attend the auxiliary’s 2018 Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, at 11:00am, Wednesday, May 9, at Branches in West Long Branch.  (more…)


Calling All Book Lovers!

Do you love to read? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for reading with young children? Then we have the opportunity for you!

We are seeking volunteers for our school-based read aloud program, Reading Buddies, currently operating in 17 Monmouth County public elementary schools. (more…)


Deborah Zilai named Chair of the FCS Board of Directors

Retired New Jersey Resources (NJR) executive Deborah Zilai has been named chair of the Family & Children’s Service (FCS) board of directors. She succeeds Paul Stach whose two-year term expired in December 2017.  Ms. Zilai is the 33rd person to serve as chair of FCS since the agency’s founding more than a century ago. (more…)


Join us at our 2018 Events

FCS Volunteers and staff anticipate a productive year of varied and entertaining fundraisers in 2018. Plans are already underway for most of the agency’s annual events, including the Navarumsunk Axuiliary Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, the FCS Golf Classic and the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year, the FCS Leading Lights Gala. (more…)


Operation Sleighbells provides gifts for 1,700 children

Employees of Nestle in Freehold

Hundreds of Monmouth County families enjoyed a brighter holiday season in 2017, thanks in part to area families, businesses and organizations who partnered with Family & Children’s Service (FCS) to support Operation Sleighbells.  The agency’s annual holiday giving program provided thousands of donated toys, books, coats, pajamas and infant necessities to more than 1,700 children in need, including 400 children served by child protection programs in central and southern Monmouth County. (more…)