Rich, Full Lives for Individuals with Disabilities and Special Needs

Children’s Aid and Family Services (CAFS) creates rich, full lives for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing and promoting quality, community-based and shared housing programs, supports, and services.

We mentor and support excellent caregivers to create the environment for residents to grow and experience independence in the community through our programs without walls.

We work closely with families to ensure we provide full support to their loved ones. We strive to help those we serve develop their full potential by becoming active members of the community while fostering independence, encouraging personal growth, and learning essential life skills.

Supports and Services for Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Children’s Aid and Family Services provides in-home community-based habilitative Individual Support Services for eligible children, youth, and young adults under the age of 21 with challenging behaviors and developmental disabilities eligibility. It is the purpose of this service to transfer skills necessary to achieve and/or maintain outcomes of increased independence, productivity, enhanced family functioning, and inclusion in the community. Individual Support Services shall foster and increase the ability of the family/caregiver to provide the youth with needed support to remain home and in the community with their natural supports requiring minimal, if any outside intervention whenever possible.

Children’s Aid and Family Services provides intensive in home (IIH) habilitation individualized intervention supports and services for eligible children, youth, adolescents, or young adults under the age of 21 who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. It is the purpose of this service to facilitate transition from an intensive treatment setting back to his/her home, while including a comprehensive integrated program of services to support improved behavioral, social, educational, and vocational functioning. Intensive In-Home Services shall utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the usage of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Children’s Aid and Family Services provides Respite Services that are designed to offer families and caregivers the opportunity for a break from caregiving responsibilities on a temporary or emergency basis for intermittent or short periods of time. This service provides care and supervision to youth either in their family home or in a community setting during after school hours, to temporarily relieve the family from the demands of caring for them. The care is intended to be provided during the time when the family normally would be available to provide care.

Children’s Aid and Family Services provides one to one support services in summer day camp for youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities, at a Youth Camp Safety Act Certificate of Approval (Certified Camp). These services are provided to youths that exhibit challenging behaviors and therefore require one to one aide supervision and involvement in order to participate successfully in recreational and social summer camp activities.

Supports and Services for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

CAFS opened its first group home for children under 21 in 2012. The agency currently operates six group homes throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties. Two homes are for children under 21, while four homes are for adults over 21.

Our children’s homes in Park Ridge and Maywood are licensed by the Department of Children and Families.

Our adult group homes in Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, Montvale, and Haskell are licensed by the Department of Human Services.

The Direct Support Professionals staff are trained in CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration, Overview of Developmental Disabilities, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, Positive Behavior Supports, Mental Health Supports, in addition to program specific training.