The first Essex-Morris County area support group specifically for fathers of children with special needs will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, March 28, at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS), 256 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park. Open to the entire community, the group will meet the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m.
Dr. Aaron Welt of JFS will facilitate the group, which will offer support and guidance, networking opportunities, and access to resources and advocacy information.
The group is being sponsored by MetroWest ABLE of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ (UJC MetroWest) and JFS, a partner agency. MetroWest ABLE coordinates a network of agencies and advocates the serve individuals of all ages with special needs and their families. JFS Child and Adolescent Services receive generous support from the Merck Company Foundation’s Neighbor of Choice Initiative.
Rebecca Wanatick, the Community Coordinator, tells us the idea of the support group cam about because, “We have had a number of inquiries from fathers in the community who were seeking support from one another in a support group style program. We did not have anything in the area for them and many were travelling to Bergen County to attend a group up there.”
The group is open to all fathers of children with special needs, of any denomination.