Support for kinship and adoptive families

Children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment while in the care of their birth families often suffer from the effects of significant trauma. Their early experiences with loss cause them to struggle to feel safe with a parent or caregiver. As a result, they may behave in ways that appear unpredictable, oppositional, and even extreme. 

Adoptive parents or caregivers may find it difficult to manage the behaviors and connect with their children emotionally. Providing supportive care and effective treatment is crucial to help children recover from trauma and encourage healing within adoptive or kinship families.

We’re here to help

Children’s Aid and Family Services has extensive experience supporting pre- and post-kinship and adoptive families on their unique journeys. Unlike traditional treatment, our therapists work with you and your family in a collaborative partnership to help your child recover from trauma as well as strengthen your relationships. 

Our therapists are trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an attachment-focused treatment for families with kinship, foster or adopted children. It emphasizes families working together with the therapist to help their children who experienced neglect, abuse and trauma in their past.

Goals for you and your family

The goals of AKLG Clinical Services are for children to gain relationship experience to grow and heal emotionally and for families to build stronger relationships with increased feelings of attachment, trust, and safety. 

  • Eligibility

    Treatment is available for pre- and post-adoptive and kinship families with children 20 years old and younger who live in New Jersey and were placed through New Jersey’s Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) agency.

  • Location

    Our therapist meets weekly with you and your family in the comfort of your home.

  • Cost

    There is no cost for our services.

    This program is supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

  • Contact Us

    Please call our program coordinator at 551-224-2711 or send an email to for more information.

    We look forward to connecting with you!

A program of Children’s Aid and Family Services