Essex County ResourceNet is a free web directory of programs, supports, services and events for families. It is mobile friendly, and can be translated to different languages, printed or shared through social media. Across the bottom of each ResourceNet is a banner that includes links to all other connected ResourceNets.

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. Through this collaboration, all children will become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society.

Family Support Organization of Essex County is a family-centered, family-driven nonprofit organization that provides peer support, education and advocacy for parents of children who have emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.

The Department of Children and Families has a host of resources and information for children and families throughout the State of New Jersey.

PerformCare is the single point of entry to access behavioral health services as well as substance use and services for the intellectually/developmentally disabled youth in New Jersey.


2-11 is a free and confidential service that helps people find the resources and services that they need in their communities.

2NDFLOOR is a youth helpline designed to listen, help and guide youth in addressing challenges. Periodically, calls may be monitored for quality assurance and training purposes. You are assured anonymity and confidentiality, except in life-threatening situations. When receiving such an emergency phone call, 2NDFLOOR staff will initiate emergency call - trace procedures (within the capability of currently available technology) for police intervention.

Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support with a trained crisis counselor.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Information and Resources

The mission of the Clearinghouse is to help people find and form all types of self-help support groups in order to provide hope, strength and experience to those in need in order to not feel alone.

MOM2MOM enables a 24/7 helpline service accessible to mothers and caregivers of children with special needs throughout the state. (if there isn’t enough space, you can drop off the words throughout the state)