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Family Support
The Family Support Department provides a wide range of grant funded services for families and individuals throughout Southern Ocean County. The programs available are Parenting Groups, Anger Management Groups, Parents as Teachers, Auto Ownership Program, and Maintaining the Integrity of Spanish Speaking Families. Find more details about each program below. 

Business hours are Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 
For additional or referral information please call 609-494-8861 x 197.

*All groups and services are subject to change to a virtual platform based on the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Services are funded

through grants from

the NJ Department

of Human Services

& the NJ Department

of Children & Families


Parenting In Recovery

The Parenting in Recovery program uses the same Curriculum as the Parenting Program and focuses on supporting families with substance abuse histories. Parents explore the effects of substance abuse on themselves and their families while learning effective parenting skills that strengthen family relationships. The Parenting in Recovery program is a 12-week psychoeducational group.

Parenting Workshops & Parenting Groups

The Parenting Program is an 12-week psychoeducational group designed to meet the specific needs of participating parents.  Parenting Groups and Workshops are interactive and targeted towards parents whom are 18 years and older. The program utilizes films and group discussions to encompass multiple aspects of child development, discipline techniques, self-esteem and co-parenting. This program is provided at sites throughout Ocean County. 


Violence Prevention  Program

The Anger Management program is an 12-week psychotherapeutic group. Groups focus on supporting participants to learn how to manage their anger and the life stressors that cause unhealthy expressions of anger.  Participants learn to identify triggers, explore the types of anger, substance abuse and enhancing healthy coping skills. Anger Management groups are offered to Ocean County residents. The program cost is $360. 

In Home Programs

Parents As Teachers - TIP II Program
A grant funded voluntary in-home parenting program.

Parents as Teachers is a Nationally Accredited program that provides infant and child developmental education & referral services to Southern Ocean County residents who are pregnant or have children under the age of 3 years.
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Maintaining the Integrity

of Spanish Speaking Families (MISSF)

The MISSF program is an in-home program which provides accessible and comprehensive Spanish in-home parenting skills training, in-home therapy and case management services. This program supports permanency with children and families by averting out of home child placements. Families must be referred by the Ocean County Division of Child Protection and Permanency

Auto Ownership Of Ocean County
The Auto Ownership Program provides donated vehicles and other related assistance to eligible TANF* recipients for whom transportation is a major barrier to their employment. The Auto Ownership Program receives donated vehicles to be repaired and turned over to clients who have the promise of employment or are involved in a work or training program of the Ocean County TANF program. Clients may also receive assistance with court fees, license restoration, auto registration, auto insurance, driving lessons, and/or car repairs on personal vehicles.  All Auto Ownership Program participants must be referred by the Ocean County Board of Social Services. 
*Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


St. Francis Center
Human Concerns Food Pantry

Human Concerns Food Pantry is one of the largest in Ocean County that distributes food items and personal hygiene products to families in need. The Human Concerns Program is a homeless prevention program that serves clients living in Southern Ocean County. When funding is available, the program assists clients with utility and housing issues through grants from a variety of sources including, but not limited to; the Acme Foundation, St. Elizabeth’s Mission Society, Ocean First Foundation, and the Emergency Shelter and Food Programs. Donations are received from collections at St. Francis Parish, local food drives and private donors.


Our Directors & Volunteers Are Always Thrilled To Accept Donations

For The Human Concerns Food Pantry

Monetary or Non-perishable donations may also be mailed or dropped-off at St. Francis Community Center during regular business hours.

If you are in need or have further questions about the assistance please call

(609) 494-8861

ext. 171 or 172.

To Receive Human Concerns Food Pantry updates text the keyword “PANTRY” to 833-511-0760. 

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