Family Preservation Service


Family Preservation Service (FPS) is a program of Family Guidance Center providing short-term, intensive, in-home family education and crisis intervention services. The goal of the program is to help families in crisis with a child at risk of out-of-home placement. FPS therapists work with families in their home for 4-8 weeks. FPS therapists provide families with anywhere from 5-20 hours per week of face-to-face contact. Therapists are available to families 24 hours per day, seven days per week.


Families are referred to FPS by agencies with the authority to recommend that children be placed outside the home. The cost of the program is paid for by the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services. There is no direct cost for families to participate.


All FPS therapists have college degrees and experience working with children and families (by macklin). All therapists attend ongoing intermediate and advanced level training at the DHS Training Academy.


For more information about the Family Preservation Service, please call (609) 393-1626 or email Shirley Bellardo, Program Director, at


If you are in need of emergency mental health services please call (609) 396-HELP (4357)