The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals and families in a variety of ways. Families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children 10-17 years-old for whom they are responsible can seek assistance through the Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit.

FCIU is a legally mandated program that is available 24-hours to intercede in family conflicts and help strengthen the family unit. Its services include short-term crisis stabilization, family assessment, case management, treatment planning and referrals to appropriate community-based services.

Due to New Jersey’s current COIVD-19 restrictions and physical distancing requirements, the FCIU staff is not able to conduct face-to-face meetings at this time, but they remain available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone and/or via virtual meetings to help de-escalate and resolve family conflicts.

For further assistance, call 609-645-5861 or leave a voice mail message at 609-645-7700, ext. 4329. You may also send an email to: Referral forms are available online at:

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.