Family Crisis Intervention Available To Help De-Escalate And Resolve Conflicts

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

NORTHFIELD, N.J. — According to a recent Gallup poll of parents with school-aged children conducted, 29% say their child is “already experiencing harm” to their emotional or mental health because of social distancing and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children and families have been impacted in a number of ways including loss of income, illness, and death on top isolation. The Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) offers help to families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children 10-17 years old for whom they are responsible.

FCIU is a legally mandated program that is available 24-hours to intercede in family conflicts and help strengthen the family unit. Its services include short-term crisis stabilization, family assessment, case management, treatment planning and referrals to appropriate community-based services.  

Due to New Jersey’s current COIVD-19 restrictions and physical distancing requirements, FCIU staff is not currently able to conduct face-to-face meetings, but they remain available by phone, online, and email to help de-escalate and resolve family conflicts.  

Families in need of assistance can call (609) 645-5861 or leave a voicemail message at (609) 645-7700, ext. 3443. People may also send an email to: dimatteo_heather@aclink.org. Referral forms are also available online at: www.atlantic-county.org/intergenerational-services/children-youth.asp.