At-Risk Youth

Providing Security and Stability During the Transition to Adulthood

In order to learn and develop appropriately, children need to feel safe and supported. Volunteers of America’s out-of-home residential programs in Northern New Jersey provide the support and guidance these young people need. Our programs offer guidance to youth who may be experiencing emotional, behavioral and/or psychological difficulties, as well as homelessness. For some youth, our homes provide the stability and security they never felt before.

Short-term emergency shelter care for youth in need of immediate placement is available in Jersey City. For youth in need of behavioral healthcare, we have two group homes located in Jersey City (males 12-17 years old) and Plainfield (females 12-17 years old), as well as two treatment homes in Wayne and Woodland Park. For young men and women about to age out of foster care, we provide the support they need to successfully transition from dependence to adulthood through supervised independent living programs in Jersey City, Union, and Elmwood Park. For the youth who have learned to live independently, we offer supportive housing in Orange, which may lead to permanent housing.

In addition to our out-of-home residential programs, we provide counseling and education to families in their homes in order to keep families unified through our Parenting Skills Partnership Program, Parenting Empowerment and Childrearing Education (PEACE) Program, and Intensive In-home Counseling Program.

Our Youth and Family Services Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

For more information, call 732-827-2447.

As Max aged out of foster care and prepared for independent adulthood, he longed for a home and a welcoming community.