Preferred Center for Children and Families - 732-785-1900
Our programs include:
- Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluation
- Behavioral Modification/Parent Support and Support
- Individual/Family Counseling and Therapy
- Medication Distribution , Monitoring and Treatment
- Play Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy
- Social Skill Development
- Child, Teen and Parent Support Groups
We are here for you. If you or someone you care about is in need, reach out to us at 732-785-1900.
Preferred Children's Services
Incorporated in 1987, Preferred Children’s Services was formed to focus specifically on meeting the needs of youth (ages 18 and under).
Our programs include:
- Mobile crisis response and stabilization
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse program with a school component for adolescents who cannot remain in school during treatment
- Substance abuse evaluations and outpatient group sessions for adolescents in need of treatment
- Behavioral health and social services to the students and their families within the Lakewood and Brick school districts.
- Responsible living programs for young adults aged 16-21
- Collaboration with state and county agencies on a referral basis only
Click on the links name below for a brief description of each program.
The SAIL program serves adolescents 13-18 years old who are at risk for out-of-home placement due to behavioral or emotional issues. The milieu focuses on maximizing learning, growth and daily living skills through the following services: intake assessment, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, substance abuse education, individual, family and group counseling, case coordination, educational support and liaison services, life skills training, therapeutic recreation, socialization, respite care, crisis intervention, meals and transportation.
The COAST program provides substance abuse evaluations and outpatient group sessions for adolescents in need of treatment.
RIPTIDE is an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse program with a school component for adolescents who cannot remain in school during treatment.
Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available to families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when a child is in crisis. The severity of the crisis cannot warrant psychiatric hospitalization or arrest by the police department. This in-home intervention is available in order to diffuse and stabilize the child and family in their home.
This program serves families who are required to have supervision in order to visit with their children. The goal of this program is to maintain regular contact on a planned basis between child, parent, family members and/or significant others that will reinforce the plan of reunification, help the child to maintain a sense of family identity or determine other permanent plans for the child.
Healthy Families serves to prevent abuse and neglect of children under three years of age by providing early risk identification and intervention to families at risk. Assistance to at-risk parents is provided to promote positive child development for their infants and young children. The program staff ensures that families at risk for child abuse and neglect recieve appropriate health and supportive services as well as identify and build on family strengths and support parents as the primary caregivers and nurturers of their children.
This program is designed to give adolescents ages 16-21 a head start for responsible living as young adults. Each participant is given a comprehensive independent living skills assessment to determine life skills proficiency levels. Intensive training is then provided through both educational groups and individual skills training sessions. Participation in the program is at least six months long but can continue as long as the youth's commitment to obtaining the goal is evident.
The School-Based Youth Services Programs address the social and health needs of teens in a comprehensive, one-stop shopping, non-stigmatized manner in their school setting in order to promote healthy youth development. These programs provide a full array of behavioral health and social services to the students and their families within the Lakewood and Brick school districts. These services include, but are not limited to: individual, group and family counseling, case management, substance abuse services, college exposure, job readiness training and recreation.
The Family Friendly Center is a collaborative effort between the Lakewood Board of Education and Preferred Children's Services. The center provides after-school programming in six core component areas, including Academic Remediation, Academic Enrichment, Cultural and Artistic Activities, Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Physical Activities, Positive Youth Development and Parental Involvement. The usual activities include snacks, homework assistance, mentoring, arts and crafts, assorted enrichment activities and recreation (outdoors if weather permits).