Supporting People During Challenging Times
Who We Are
With 110 years of history, Family & Children’s Service (FCS) is the oldest, private nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County and a leading volunteer organization. We provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people at the most challenging times in their lives. We do this by managing the finances of people at risk of homelessness, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities and mental illness; protecting vulnerable adults in the community from neglect, abuse and exploitation; providing health and respite care to frail and elderly individuals and their families; and offering long-term care planning and Medicare counseling for people as they age. We also promote childhood literacy and well-being through our school-based, volunteer-led initiatives. Our programs include: Adult Protective Services, Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers (JACC), Healthy Buddies, Home Care Services, Homecare Grant Assistance, Medicare Application Assistance Program (MAAP), Operation Sleighbells, Reading Buddies, Representative Payee, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Statewide Respite Care, the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and Telephone Reassurance. All of our programs and services are provided regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, language spoken or physical or mental ability. And while FCS partners with many organizations and government agencies, in many cases, we are the sole county-designated provider of services and the last hope for individuals, families and seniors in crisis.
What We Do
FCS Adult Protective Services investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of vulnerable adults residing in the community in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties.
Our Mission to provide compassionate care begins with each of us and extends to all people, which is why we provide an array of programs and services to help.
FCS provides certified home health aides (CHHAs) and supportive care aides to seniors and persons with disabilities with services that allow them to continue living safely at home with dignity.
Our Representative Payee Services manages the finances of adults who are unable to manage a budget due to physical or mental health limitations or developmental disabilities.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about, their health insurance coverage.
Our RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Healthy Buddies/Reading Buddies programs pair specially trained volunteers with at-risk elementary school children to advance early reader’s literacy skills and promote healthy behaviors.
FCS Operation Sleighbells provides toys, books, clothing and infant necessities to thousands of children and their families who are facing financial hardship during the holiday season.
Faces of FCS
“I am still a work in progress,” Parelee says. “But I am learning to put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.” Representative Payee has been essential to helping her get her life back on track. She has earned an Associates Degree, moved into her own apartment and is working part-time.Representative Payee / Parelee Simmons
For the past 15-years, Harry has volunteered with SHIP (the State Health Insurance Program at FCS), counseling eligible beneficiaries about their Medicare questions. Harry enjoys spending his retirement helping others. “My wife died 15 years ago in November. If I didn’t soldier on, I’d go crazy. Volunteering keeps me busy.”Medicare Counseling / Harry Scherr
Like most working mothers, Jean juggles her daily schedule with the busy schedules of her four children. But for this single mom, the juggling also includes frequent time away from work without pay to care for a daughter with multiple disabilities. The holiday giving program provides gifts of toys, coats and pajamas to children whose families are facing financial challenges.Operation Sleighbells / Jean and her daughters