Jewish Family Service is dedicated to helping the youngest of our community. Through various programs, we can help families figure out the issues and get them the help they need.
Older Adult Services
Adoption & Foster Care
Adoption (Domestic and Intercountry)
JFS assists both birth parents and adoptive parents by finding homes for local and international infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and older children.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH – SOS
Through a wide range of social, vocational, outreach and financial services, the SOS program is designed to make a positive difference in the lives of the most economically distressed, vulnerable and at-risk families in the Greater New Haven community. The primary purpose of the program is to provide this economically distressed population with both short-term stability and, most important, long-term sustainability.
Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The Shalom Group offers Jewish adults with developmental disabilities educational enrichment and social interaction with other adults through a series of events celebrating the Jewish holidays.
Counseling and Family Support
Our licensed counseling and mental health program serves individuals, couples, families, children and groups with consultations, assessments and counseling sessions.
Domestic Violence Program
JFS offers many support services to help those recovering from violent and abusive relationships including support groups, confidential counseling, advocacy, educational and prevention information, vocational assistance, and ongoing case management.
The Jewish Wellness and Healing Center (JWCH)
Through study, spiritual reflection and psychological support, this program emphasizes Jewish communal well-being and healing. In partnership with synagogues and other Jewish communal agencies, the program offers a holistic approach to Jewish life and living that addresses concerns of mind, body and soul.
Volunteers are placed in the community as friendly visitors, tutors to children within our foster care program, food assistance program and office help.
FOOD PANTRY AND NUTRITIONAL HEALTH CENTER
Our Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Center provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food for residents of Greater New Haven who are at or below the poverty level.
OLDER ADULT SERVICES
Holocaust Survivor Program
This program, funded by the Material Claims Conference, provides emergency and caregiver services to Holocaust Survivors in the Greater New Haven area.
We assist seniors with information and referral, evaluation and assessment, office and in-home counseling, family consultation, case management, and food assistance.
STATE CONTRACTED SERVICES
Adoption Assistance Program
Funded by a grant from the University of Connecticut Health Center, this program offers brief counseling and referral services for all adoptive families, regardless of how recent or how long ago the adoption took place.
Children’s Respite Program
This program provides individualized respite care to vulnerable and at-risk children away from the home environment. Respite workers visit the homes, work one-on-one with the children and introduce them to cultural, educational and physical activities.
Empowering People For Success Program (EPS)
This program provides outreach, initial assessment, advocacy, case planning, and case management for families with significant barriers to employment.
Foster Care and Adoption
JFS offers therapeutic foster care and medically complex foster care for children under the care of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF). JFS recruits and trains families/individuals to become foster and adoptive parents, and we provide intensive case management and support to foster/adoptive families.
Permanency Placement Services Program (PPSP)
For children in the care of DCF, we ensure permanency for children through pre-placement planning, recruitment/screening of potential adoptive families, home study evaluations of adoptive families, placement planning, post-placement supervision, post-finalization and post adoption services.