FAFS’ support staff are experienced in dealing with DCP&P (formerly DYFS) policies and procedures; they all understand the myriad of issues foster, adoptive and kinship parents face and they are here for you.
They understand your concerns and issues and are here to help you whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned foster parent. If you hope to adopt from foster care in NJ, or have already adopted, or are grandparents raising grandchildren in NJ or another kinship caregiver, we have staff who have real-life, personal experience in these areas as well. Whether you have a complex issue or a basic question, our foster adoptive & kinship parent support services staff is here to assist you with both empathy and professionalism. Meet our Family Advocates or contact us today. FAFS also offers a Toll-Free Foster Adoptive & Kinship Parent Information Hotline: 1.800.222.0047.
Our foster adoptive & kinship family support services staff can answer questions like:
What is the process for becoming a foster parent in NJ, and how long does it take?
Can children in foster care share a bedroom?
What foster parent training do I have to take and for how long?
How long does a foster child have to be in my home before I can adopt?
Why does TPR (Termination of Parental Rights) take so long?
How long until I get my first placement? / Why haven’t I received a placement yet?
I filed an inquiry a while ago – why hasn’t CP&P contacted me yet?
I’m a family member taking in a relative – why does DCP&P need so much information?
What is the difference between adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianship (KLG). Ask Your Question Now
More questions our foster adoptive & kinship parent support services staff can help with:
Are there NJ foster adoptive & kinship care fact sheets that explain things like DCP&P policies on babysitting for foster children in NJ, Flex Funds, taking vacations with foster children, and the Adoption Tax Credit?
What are the foster care board rates in NJ
Is there an foster parent honorarium in NJ if I take in a sibling group, and how much is it? It’s also available in Spanish.
Should I attend court hearings involving my foster child’s birth parents? Get The Answer To Your Question
Foster adoptive & kinship family advocacy in NJ
If you are the subject of an IAIU investigation, we will mediate, attend meetings with you, etc.
If you are having an issue with a caseworker, we will help you navigate DCP&P’s chain of command to ensure your concerns are heard. Let Us Advocate For You
Other helpful services – FAFS’ Connecting Families
FAFS has volunteers in every county in New Jersey. Monthly, these volunteers host support groups where foster adoptive and kinship parents can share tips, encourage one another, and get information. Many meetings offer in-service training hours to help you maintain your license. Learn more about FAFS’ Connecting Families community-based meetings
FAFS’ Heart to Heart peer mentoring program connects experienced resource parents with new and existing resource parents for extra support and guidance. Mentors understand the concerns, issues and daily challenges in foster, adoptive and kinship care because they have gone through similar experiences.
All of FAFS’ support & advocacy services are offered free of charge for licensed foster adoptive & kinship parents (licensed resource parents) in NJ.
Be sure to check out our resources page for county and statewide resources for foster, adoptive and kinship parents.
Have a question or need assistance? Ask it now by filling out the form below (please note that all fields are required) or calling our Toll-Free Information Line at 1.800.222.0047.
Call FAFS’ Toll-Free Information Line Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.