Family Support Organization of Bergen County, For Families by Families

Family Support Organization of Bergen County For Families by Families

Family Support Organization of Bergen County: We are here for YOU!

Support, Education and Advocacy of Families of Children with Emotional and/or Behavioral Challenges.

Who We Are:

Family Support Organization of Bergen County (FSOBC) is a family-run, county-based not for profit 501(c) (3) incorporated in 2001.

FSOBC is an organization “For Families by Families”. Our founding Board of Trustees, all of whom are parents of children with emotional and/or behavioral challenges, responded to the need for a family-driven organization. In May 2002, we opened our doors with the goal of spearheading a family friendly environment for families to come together for mutual support, education and sharing.

We offer the unique perspective gained from experiences with various systems and providers. As part of the family movement, we aim to maximize the potential of all involved in providing services to children and families. Our philosophy is the recognitions of worth, knowledge and dignity of all families and caregivers.

FSOBC is a component of the NJ Division of the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) within the NJ Department of Children and Families. We provide direct family-to-family peer support to families enrolled in the Care Management Organization. FSOBC also provides education, advocacy and other supports to family members of children with emotional and/or behavioral challenges. In addition to families experiencing emotional/behavioral challenges, we support families with developmental/intellectual delays and substance abuse challenges.

We welcome you to become an active participant in the FSOBC. Please feel free to come by or visit

What We Do:

Education/Advocacy: Provide forums, workshops, guest speakers and other special events that inform and empower families about their role in the parent/professional partnership.

Support Groups: Host weekly support groups for families and caregivers. On-site adult supervision provided to children who accompany caregivers/parents to meetings.

Warm Line: Telephone support to family members and caregivers. We listen and offer support, information and referrals.

Peer to Peer Support: Employs trained Family Support Partners, experienced in raising children who have complex needs. Family Support Partners provide one to one support to families enrolled with the Care Management Organization.

Youth Partnership: Works directly with youth ages 14-21 who have been involved with the mental health, juvenile justice, or child welfare system. Youth Partnership provides a forum to share their experiences. Members are committed to the development of leadership skills and making a difference through community service.

Community Development: Develops and maintains its presence with our local legislators, schools and businesses to gain their support and provide information. We partner with local planning bodies such as the Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC). The Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) and the Youth Service Commission (YSC).

All programs are at no cost to participants. No CSA referral is necessary.

Our System Partners:


Contracted Systems Administer (CSA) is the single point of entry to the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC) within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF). For access to our system Partners listed below, you must call the CSA first at (877) 652-7624.

CarePlus New Jersey (Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies)

Children’s Mobile response and Stabilization Services (CMRSS) provides 24/7 on-site/in-home crisis response to youth ages 5-18 who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crisis. The services are designated to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe and maintain children in their current living situations.

Bergen’s Promise (Healthy Families, Safe at Home)

Bergen’s Promise, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization is the Care Management Organization (CMO) in Bergen County. The CMO manages the care of children and families enrolled through the NJ Children’s System of Care. Bergen’s Promise provides comprehensive service planning for children and their families by helping them create, develop and run Child and Family Teams. The team creates an Individual Service Plan (ISP) for each child. Wraparound services and supports are selected to enhance the stability of the child and family. Access to CMO services is through the CSA PerformCare. Feel free to contact FSOBC if you have questions.

Our Mission:

*To provide support, education and advocacy to families and caregivers of children with mental health, emotional and/or behavioral needs.

*To ensure that the highest quality child-friendly family-centered approaches to service delivery are created and maintained throughout Bergen County.

*To provide a forum in which families, caregivers, providers and other concerned individuals collaborate to identify needs, service barriers, resources and appropriate, effective, timely ways to intervene and to provide the resources necessary to support strong community based programs.

For questions or access to the NJSOC, call PerformCare, the 24-hour toll-free access line: 877-652-7624.

Finding us:

0-108 29th Street

Fairlawn, NJ  07410

Phone: (201) 796-6209

Fax: (201) 796-1151



By Car: Route 17 to Route 4 West (Broadway) into Fairlawn. Take the Plaza Road U-turn onto Route 4 (Broadway) Eastbound for 4 blocks to 29th Street. Turn right at 29th Street. FSOBC is the first building on the right.

By Bus: NJ Transit Routes 144, 164, 171 & 770 and NJ Express stop 30th Street & Broadway

By Train: The NJ Transit Bergen Line, Broadway Fairlawn Stop is 6 blocks west of FSOBC.

Disclaimer: This information is taken directly from the Family Support Organization of Bergen County pamphlet. I have never used the service before so I have no opinion of it either yes or no to how the program works. Please call or email the service for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Family Support Organization of Bergen County, For Families by Families

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the number or email the organization for more information on the program.

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