Foster Care Counseling Project
Founded in 1989, the Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP) provides home-based and clinic-based mental health counseling and preventive services for children in foster and relative care. Over the years, the services FCCP provides have evolved from short-term adjustment-focused individual interventions into a comprehensive multi-systemic collaborative treatment approach to address not only adjustment but also mental health and developmental problems resulting from trauma and child maltreatment.
Our model case is one where we begin work with a child when s/he first goes into placement, provide trauma- and attachment-informed individuals, dyadic or family therapy as needed, collaborate with the resource family and school to provide therapeutic environments for the child, bring the biological parents into treatment as reunification nears, and work with the biological family after reunification occurs. If a child is to be adopted, we like to include the adoptive family in treatment prior to and after placement. In this way, we provide continuity of care and maximize chances for placement stability, successful reunification or adoption, and optimal child functioning.
* Individual/Family Therapy
* Group Therapy, including Adolescent Girls Group, Adolescent Boys Group, Resource Parent Support Group
* Training/Consultation for Caregivers, Caseworkers and Service Providers
Eligibility and Fees:
Referrals for individual/family therapy must come through Middlesex or Somerset County Department of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) offices. The group program is open to anyone who has experienced an out-of-home placement, either with foster parents, relative caregivers, or adoptive parents. There are no fees for children who are currently DCP&P-involved. A sliding fee scale is available for non-DCP&P clients who would like to participate in our group program.
Services are provided at The Psychological Clinic, 152 Freylinghuysen Road, on Busch Campus, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, or in clients’ homes.
Our Treatment Team:
Our treatment team is led by the Project Director, a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in the areas of adoption, foster care, attachment and child maltreatment. Clinicians are doctoral graduate students at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Also on the team are our Training Consultant, a Licensed Psychologist who has expertise in child maltreatment, with special expertise in child sexual abuse, and Rutgers undergraduate students who provide transportation and mentoring services.
For further information, contact:
Robin Lang, Psy.D.
41 Gordon Road, Suite A
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-7789
Funding for this program is provided by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the United Way of Central Jersey and client fees