Family Support Services
Advancing Opportunities understands the stresses families face when a family member has a disability. The agency offers a comprehensive network of information, services and support, including:
- In-Home Respite
- Inclusive Recreation Programs
- Aides for Community-based Recreation Programs
Who is Eligible?
Individuals with disabilities who live with a natural family (parents, siblings or grandparents) in a private residence and are registered with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) or the Department of Children and Families’ Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC). PerformCare is the Contracted System Administrator for CSOC. New applications for eligibility for developmental disability services for children under age 18 should be submitted to PerformCare. New applications for eligibility on behalf of individuals 18 and older must be submitted to DDD. Requests for developmental disability services for children under age 21 who have already been determined eligible to receive developmental disability services should be submitted to PerformCare.
Parents and caregivers with questions about registering or accessing services for children and youth, call PerformCare toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-877-652-7624.
Your Family Is In Good Hands
Advancing Opportunities is committed to hiring highly qualified, caring staff members to deliver the highest quality services. Our staff is trained to help promote peer relationships and to help participants develop the skills they will need to interact within their communities. All employees of the agency are carefully screened before hire and are subject to a background check and drug testing. Staff are trained in accordance with state regulations and are certified in first aid and CPR.
In-home Respite Care
In-home Respite services provide families with a break from the additional responsibilities inherent in caring for a family member with a developmental disability. The program provides individualized care for children and adults with disabilities in the home or at a community-based setting of their choosing. Services provided by respite care workers may include:
- Activities of daily living (toileting, dressing, feeding)
- In-home recreational activities
- Preparation of light meals for the child
- Help with homework
Currently, Advancing Opportunities provides in-home respite services in Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.
Inclusive Recreational Experiences
Advancing Opportunities’ Bridges Program provides individual supports for people participating in community-based activities, including:
- Summer Camps
- After-School Programs
- Athletic Leagues
- Weekend and Social Activities
Our staff works with recreational providers to help them create accessible activities and encourages the development of peer relationships. Bridges is available for people age 4 and older. Activities are organized and offered to participants with groups of age appropriate peers. Currently, the Bridges Program is offered in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.
Community-based Drop-off Programs
Weekend Rec and Parents’ Night Out have been described as win-win programs. First, parents get a break and their children participate in fun activities. These programs are offered weekly and participants enjoy a variety of different activities, from seeing movies and having pizza parties to attending local sporting and theater events. Other popular events include bowling, game and craft nights and theme parties. The Parents’ Night Out program invites siblings to attend as well and is available in Burlington, Camden, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. Weekend Rec is offered in Passaic County.