Cope Center, Inc.
104 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: (973) 783-6655

Contact: Sue Garfinkel, Exec. Dir.
Rose Maire, Clinical Dir.

Provides individual, group, and family counseling; crisis intervention; family Conflict Resolution/Violence; alcohol and substance abuse counseling and support groups; urine monitoring; AIDS support group; community educational programs; and child abuse prevention services.

Type of service: Outpatient
Payment Information:Medicaid, private health insurance

See also: Addiction/Substance Abuse, Conflict Resolution/Violence.

Family Service League, Inc.
204 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: (973) 746-0800
Fax: (973) 746-2822

Contact: Wally Weichert, Counseling
Donald Fann, Admin.

A non-profit comprehensive social services organization providing family, couples, and individual counseling and psychotherapy; accredited childcare services; mentoring for children and teens; employee assistance program services for businesses; family and parent education workshops; social skills for middle school children; specialized community and school based programs. Offices in Montclair and Bloomfield, with a childcare center in Bloomfield (Family Day Nursery).

Type of service: Outpatient
Payment Information: Private health insurance, sliding scale based on income, Medicare

See also: Counseling/Mental Health

Friends' Health Connection

A nonprofit support network that connects people with similar health problems for the purpose of mutual support. Provides two support networks: the Patient Network connects individuals with health problems; the Caregiver Network connects family members, friends and caregivers of people with health problems. Also provides notices of workshops and lectures located in hospitals and other locations throughout New Jersey.

(Statewide Parents Advocacy Network, Inc.)
35 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 1-800-654-SPAN (7726)

Workshops for families and professionals, including family strengthening workshops. The Mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and other individuals interested in the healthy development and educational rights of children. SPAN's foremost commitment is to children with the greatest need due to disability; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, or language; geographic location; or other special circumstances.

Type of Service: Advocacy group
Payment Information: Free

See also: Family support services

Books and Web Resources

Child Trends. A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to studying children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analyses. Child Trends was established in 1979 and currently has a staff of 50 researchers, analysts, and administrative and support personnel.

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide is a 1300-page book that brings you the latest information — what you need to know to keep yourself and your family healthy and to cope with illness. It also provides information about how to deal with the sometimes confusing and frustrating world of managed care. The book is available wherever books are sold. The book can be shipped to you through collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Updated and additional information can be found on their website.

Insure Kids NOW
A site that links the nation's children to health insurance. Every state in the nation has a health insurance program for infants, children, and teens. The insurance is available to children in working families, including families that include individuals with a variety of immigration statuses.

Rosen Publishing Group. 1-800-237-9932. Non-fiction curriculum and health oriented books for young adults, teachers, parents and guidance counselors.

Journeyworks Publishing is a group of professionals who have worked in health promotion, education and health care publishing for more than 35 years collectively. We are dedicated to developing the kinds of materials health care professionals and educators need most. Our goal is to develop quality health promotion materials that meet the very specific needs of our customers.

Whole Family Center.
Help for families passing through life's difficult spots.

Books for elementary school children

"What's the Big Secret": Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys, by Laurie Krasny Brown, Ed. D and Marc Brown (creator of the "Arthur" books. The couple has a series of acclaimed books called Dino-Guides, which address sensitive issues for children and their families:

1. "When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death"
2. "Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families"
3. "How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them"
4. "Dinosaurs Alive and Well: A Guide to Good Health"
5. Dinosaurs to the Rescue: A Guide to Protecting Our Planet"

Books for middle school children

Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens-from Middle School to High School and Beyond (Newmarket Press, 2001, $24.95)
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