South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)
Middlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.
New Jersey Helps - 'A one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.' (N.J. Department of Human Services)
Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey) [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.]
UNIVERSAL CLASS offers free online non-credit courses in Parenting Skills, Pregnancy, Birth, Senior Care, and many other subjects. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. NOTE: Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page.
101 Things You Can Do With or For Kids - Suggestions for activities that you can do with youth, whether you have a lot of time or a little, and whether you're a parent, grandparent, neighbor, aunt, uncle, friend, mentor, volunteer, or someone who just enjoys spending time with kids (Office of National Drug Control Policy). Good Times Made Simple: The Lost Art of Fun is 'packed with inexpensive, non-commercial ways to spend time with your family' (Center for a New American Dream). Family TLC features age-appropriate child activities, family games, sports, crafts, music, cooking, nature, and more, plus parenting tips and articles on child development (FirstTeacherTLC.com). Kids Off the Couch offers ideas for family activities that 'pair films and outings to teach children about culture, life and values'. The FamilyEducation.com Activities Center is a searchable collection of fun family activities - indoors, outdoors, traveling, seasonal, holiday, educational, and more (Pearson Education). A Place of Our Own (pre-school age) and Highlights: Your Child & You (pre-K through grade 6) offer an assortment of activities for parents & kids to do together (©Highlights Magazines for Children). Fun & Games for Kids AUDIO is a varied collection of songs, jokes, riddles, coloring pages, illusions, activities, games and puzzles for kids of all ages (National Institutes of Health). Mom's Minivan offers loads of fun things for kids to do in the car, kids' travel games, printable car games and activities, and road-trip tips (by Laurel Smith). Generation On provides project ideas, resources, and stories to help your family get involved in your community: 'Volunteering as a family is something special you can all do together to help teach your kids about thinking larger than themselves' (Points of Light; non-profit organization). See also Kids & Nature links, and Toys, Games, Parties, and Musical Instruments section, below.
Afterschool Learning Resources (ReadWriteThink.org) - An extensive collection of learning materials 'created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.' Organized by grade level (International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English). See also EDUCATION: Teachers, Parents & Homeschoolers - Resources.
Afterschool Programs - 'There are many different types of afterschool programs. Some are small programs that focus on a special set of activities, like sports, drama or tutoring. Others are larger with a wide range of activities. Some are in your child's school. Others are in out of school locations like, Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCAs or community centers. How do you select the best program for your child and your family?' This site offers advice for parents on how to choose an afterschool program. (New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition)
Back-to-School links - Selected links to help you get the school year off to a good start.
Child Abuse: ChildHelp USA® - Tips, brief articles, video, links, and other resources on recognizing and preventing child abuse, plus a toll-free hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD / 1-800-422-4453 (non-profit organization). For additional information, see Medline's Child Abuse Resources page (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
Parenting 24/7 - Information and advice for parents & grandparents of children from birth through the teens. Includes feature articles with research-based information, video clips of parents & experts, and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web. Covers common challenges (such as tantrums, toilet training, discipline, & sleeping) and strategies for fostering a strong family life. (University of Illinois Extension)
Child Care Advice from eXtension.org - Articles and resources about high-quality child care for children of all ages. (An educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States)
Children and Families Abroad: Family Law & Child Protection Issues - Information about births, deaths, marriages and divorces abroad, as well as international adoption, international parental child abduction, and international child support enforcement. (U.S. State Department)
Child Trends Databank - 'One-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being' (nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization). See also Kids Count UPDATED LINK! for an annual databook (PDF) providing national and state-by-state statistical profiles of child well-being (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Highlights for Children surveyed thousands of its young readers to produce the State of the Kid report, a survey that explores 'what it's like being a kid' today.
Child Traumatic Stress - See see Child Traumatic Stress links in the Child Safety & Health section, below.
Commercialism and Kids - Tips and resources for raising healthy kids in our fast-paced consumer society (Center for a New American Dream). See also What's a Parent to Do? (Natural Resources Defense Council), and Media Smarts: Marketing & Consumerism (Media Smarts; Canadian non-profit organization).
Coping Support for Brothers and Sisters of Very Sick Children - Resources to help children if they have a brother or sister who is very sick or dying. (University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics)
Disasters Webfinder - Selected links to advice on dealing with disasters and emergencies. For resources to help children cope with disasters and other traumas, see Child Traumatic Stress links, below.
Facts for Families - Short fact sheets on a variety of behavioral and other issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Available in English, Spanish, German, Malaysian, Polish, Icelandic, Arabic, Urdu, and Hebrew (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). See also Information for Families (National Association of School Psychologists), PTA Parent Topics UPDATED LINK! (Parent Teacher Association), Articles for Parents UPDATED LINK! (American School Counselor Association), and Parenting Tips NEW! (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC).
Family Fitness Fun - Ways to help your family keep fit while spending time together (Shape Up America! sponsored by C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General). See also Encourage Physical Activity: What Parents Can Do (Parent Teacher Association). For resources on kids' sports and coaching, see our Kids' Sports and Coaching Webfinder.
Family Style Dining - Explains why it is important for families to eat together regularly, with related information on kids and food; use the left-hand menu to choose related topics (KERA, North Texas Public Broadcasting). See also What Kids Learn During Dinner (University of California) .
Family Works - 'Strategies for building stronger families.' Includes advice on respect, anger, stress, values, discipline, responsibility, conflict, and more. (University of Illinois Extension).
Fathers.com AUDIO - A resource for men seeking to strengthen their fathering skills, covering different fathering stages, situations, and issues. Now includes podcasts and a weekly e-newsletter (National Center for Fathering).
Good Manners - Advice and resources to help you teach your kids, from toddlers to teens, the basics of good manners (Emily Post Institute).
Greater Good VIDEO - Advice for parents on how to raise happy, successful, emotionally literate kids. (University of California)
Grief Resources - Articles and other resources that focus on grief, loss or end-of-life issues. The American Widow Project was created specifically to provide support for military widows (non-profit organization). See also Pregnancy and Newborn Loss (March of Dimes), Guide to Children's Grief (PBS), and Helping Children Cope with Death (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Law: Family & Relationships - Learn about New Jersey laws that affect your relationships, including child support, custody, name changes, adoptions, and more. (Legal Services of N.J.). KidLaw (N.J.) offers news, documents, and discussion on laws affecting minors (Association for Children of New Jersey).
Learning Disabilities Webfinder - Links to selected resources for parents of kids with learning disabilities. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Military Youth on the Move - Advice and support for children of military families to help deal with the difficult time of moving, saying goodbye, and starting over in a new place. Separate sections for elementary, middle, and high school students. (U.S. Department of Defense)
Mothers' Center of Central N.J. - Area group offering 'support and discussion groups, evening parent education workshops, social activities, playgroups, library resources... and friendship!'
N.J. Department of Children & Families - State child welfare agency focused on strengthening families and achieving safety, well-being and permanency for all New Jersey's children. Offers resources on child abuse & neglect, child health & safety, and a variety of financial and support services for families, including a list of toll-free hotlines for families needing assistance in N.J. See also N.J. Department of Human Services: Family Programs and social services resources, above. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service includes links to food assistance programs such as SNAP and WIC.
Parent Further - Facts & tips for parents on everyday parenting issues, discipline & values, time together, technology & media, and high-risk behavior. Also offers advice on parenting children at different ages, and additional resources. (Search Institute®; nonprofit organization)
Parent Toolkit NEW! - 'This Parent Toolkit will help you navigate your child's academic and personal journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.' Includes growth charts, tips & guides, advice from experts, and links to additional resources on your child's academic, health & wellness, and social & emotional development. (Produced by NBC News, sponsored by Pearson Education)
Parents Anonymous of N.J. - A non-profit organization that offers parenting advice and free peer support groups to parents who are experiencing stress. Call the Family Helpline, 1-800-THE KIDS (1-800-843-5437), to speak to a specially trained volunteer who can offer advice and referrals to resources in your community. The Helpline is available in New Jersey 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free and confidential. Affiliated with the national Parents Anonymous® organization.
Solutions for Your Life: Children - 'Resources and information related to children's health, behavior, time management, and other topics important to families.' (University of Florida Extension)
Summer Camp Guide - A searchable directory of summer camps for kids & teens in the US, plus related articles (American Camp Association). See also Allen's Guide (includes camps and educational programs outside the US) and Peterson's Pre-College Summer Programs UPDATED LINK!.
Talking With Kids about Tough Issues - Advice on talking to your kids about sex, violence, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, and drugs & alcohol. Also en Español (Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation). The Parent Toolkit UPDATED LINK! guides you through talking with your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol; includes materials for different ages from pre-school through young adult (Drugfree.org, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids; non-profit organization).
USA.gov: Parenting Resources - Government information and services for parents on child care, child support, education, health, and more.
WINGS for Kids: DIY Social Emotional Learning Kit - 'Does your child need to learn how to handle stress? Could they use help expressing emotions constructively? The Ready, Set, Soar with SEL kit was specially designed for parents/guardians, educators, youth development leaders and others who want to incorporate social & emotional development activities, lessons and plans into kids' daily lives.' (WINGS for Kids, Inc.; non-profit organization) [FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED]
Parents! Check out our KIDSTUFF page for
program information and great links for younger kids!
ACT Raising Safe Kids - Fact sheets & handouts on positive parenting skills for parents & caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Child Development Fact Sheets list basic cognitive and social/emotional skills expected at children different ages and stages of development. Challenging Behaviors Fact Sheets use 4 scenarios of children in typical situations (crying baby, grocery store tantrum, fighting for a toy, bullying in school) to explain why the behaviors occur, and how parents can deal with them effectively. ACT Handouts offer brief information and advice on violence, anger, media, discipline, and more. (American Psychological Association)
Age-by-Age Parent Guides - Separate guides for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, and 11-13. Each guide outlines development and learning for that age group, with related resources. (Scholastic, Inc.) [NOTE: Use the tabs to select age group.]
Babies & Books - This site suggest activities to help you share the joy of books and reading with your child during the early stages of growing, newborn through toddler (Mid-Hudson Library System). Get Ready to Read VIDEO offers free online materials for parents and educators to help pre-schoolers get ready to learn to read. Includes a screening tool, activities, checklists, video, advocacy guides, and related resources (National Center for Learning Disabilities et al.). See also Early Literacy (San Francisco Public Library) and Leading to Reading (Reading Is Fundamental; non-profit organization).
Baby Products Guide - Helpful shopping and safety tips for car seats, strollers, cribs, changing tables, play pens, clothing, bathtubs and more (March of Dimes & Consumer Reports). See also Children's Products and Related Hazards (Kids In Danger; non-profit organization) and Consumer Reports Babies & Kids News, as well as HealthyStuff.org, Garage Sales: Deal or Danger?, Flame Retardants, Strollers, and Shopping Cart Safety links, below.
Breastfeeding - See Breastfeeding links.
Building Blocks: Family - Advice on teaching preschoolers how to make positive, healthy choices. Building Blocks is based on six action steps that can help protect young children from developing risky behaviors: Good Talking / Good Listening, Time With Your Kids, Living With Rules, Walking the Walk, Kids With Kids (making friends), Show & Tell, and Family Activities (Substance Abuse & Mental health Services Administration). See also Helping Your Child Learn Responsible Behavior (University of Illinois Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative).
Car Safety Seats, see Child Transportation Safety links, below.
Dads Adventure - Useful advice for first-time fathers (formerly New Dads' Boot Camp).
Early Childhood Education: A Guide for Families - Outlines 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help you make the right choice when you look for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten for your child. The website also offers helpful Advice for Families with young children, including Q & A with T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Joshua Sparrow, MD, plus articles on child development, reading & writing, and 'music, math & more!' (National Association for the Education of Young Children; non-profit organization)
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers & Preschoolers VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 'Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.' (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Going to School - Information for parents of kids in Pre-K through grade 5. Explains what and how kids learn, grade-by-grade. Offers advice on choosing a school, helping your child adjust to a new grade or a new school, helping with homework, making friends, and more (PBS). For advice on preparing young children for school and deciding whether your child is ready to start kindergarten, see Pre-Schoolers: Helping Your Pre-school Child Prepare for School and related links. See also Back-to-School links.
Helping Your Child Learn - This series features practical lessons and hands-on activities parents can use to help young children (preschool through grade 5) learn reading, math, science, & history; understand the value of homework; and develop the skills & values necessary to succeed in school and in life. (U.S. Department of Education)
How to Cope with A Crying Baby - 'It's normal for babies to cry, even when you are trying to comfort them. Some babies cry more than others or for longer periods of time. This is normal too. It is also normal for a caregiver to become frustrated. No matter how stressed, tired, angry or frustrated you feel, you must never, ever shake a baby. Shaking a baby can kill or cause serious injuries.' This website offers advice on safely coping with a crying baby, and information about where to get help if you need it (N.J. Department of Children & Families). See also Parents Anonymous of N.J., above, or call the Family Helpline, 1-800-THE KIDS (1-800-843-5437), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Just in Time Parenting - A free parenting newsletter, delivered by email, giving information specific to a child's needs and age (pre-natal through age 5). Each issue includes tips on raising a healthy, happy child, tools for solving common parenting problems, and strategies for coping with the challenges of raising children (An educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States).
Learn to Read AUDIO INTERACTIVE - Free materials designed to inspire a love of reading and writing. Useful for Pre-Kindergarten through second grade; suitable for home-schooling. Best viewed with a broadband (cable or DSL) internet connection. (Starfall.com)
Moving and Learning - Articles on physical activity to promote social, emotional and cognitive development in kids from birth to age 8. (By Rae Pica, children's physical activity specialist)
Mr. Rogers' Parenting Topics - The late Fred Rogers ('Mr. Rogers') offers advice to parents on helping young children deal with topics such as bedtime, fears, using the toilet, making friends, setting limits, going to doctors & dentists, and more. (Family Communications, Inc.)
N.J. Parent Link - Links to a wealth of information for parents of young children about Health & Wellness before, during & after pregnancy; Developmental & Behavioral Health; Parenting & Early Learning; Career & Family Transitions; Child Care & Family Leave; and Family Support Services. Information comes from state services and resources, as well as federal, nationally-respected and community partner resources. (N.J. Department of Health & Senior Services et al.)
New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act - This state law allows an individual to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and anonymously. The parents - or someone acting on their behalf - can bring a baby less than 30 days old to any hospital emergency room or police station; as long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution. This website answers common questions about the program; you can also call the Safe Haven Hotline at 1-877-839-2339 for more information (N.J. Department of Children & Families). See also Parents Anonymous of N.J., above.
PBS Parents INTERACTIVE - Online guides offering advice on child development, media, creativity, school, and more, from birth through early school years, plus 'fun & games' and other resources for parents. A related site, A Place of Our Own, offers additional resources for parents and others who care for young children. (PBS)
Pets & Babies - See Pet Meets Baby, below.
Practical Money Skills for Young Children - Downloadable materials to help teach children in pre-school through grade 2 how to handle money. Also offers materials for kids in grades 3 to 6 (Visa Inc.) [FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED] Thrive by Five NEW! offers simple activities and other resources to help you teach your young child about what money is and how to manage it (Credit Union National Association, Inc.).
Pregnancy & Baby Health AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Learn what you need to know to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby (March of Dimes). See also Pregnancy & Newborn Center (Nemours Foundation).
Pregnancy and Newborn Loss - Advice and resources for grieving parents and their friends & family members dealing with pregnancy loss or newborn death. (March of Dimes)
Ready For Life VIDEO - Videos and other materials offering advice to help parents and caregivers raise children who are socially & emotionally healthy, and ready to succeed in school and life. (KERA, North Texas Public Broadcasting)
Shopping Cart Safety [Link opens a PDF] - In 2005, more than 24,000 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for shopping cart-related injuries. This publication offers practical tips to help keep your child safe while shopping and/or using a shopping cart. See also Safe Shopping with Children. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Sleep: Babies & Children - Brief tips on helping your child get a good night's sleep. Covers different age groups from newborn to age 12 (National Sleep Foundation). For babies, see Children's Health: Babies: Sleep Issues AUDIO & A Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep for Babies (2012, American Academy of Pediatrics), and Safe Sleep for your Baby (2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Strollers - Advice on how to buy a safe stroller. (2012, American Academy of Pediatrics)
Talk, Read, Play - Information about development in young children by age group (0-15 Months, 15-36 Months, 3-4 Years, Kindergarten), along with suggested activities that will help your child thrive in school and in life. (Boston MA Public Schools)
Tips on Toys UPDATED LINK! - Advice on choosing safe toys for children from one month to twelve years. (2009, Virginia Cooperative Extension). For more on toys, see the Toys, Games, Parties, and Musical Instruments section of this page.
Zero-To-Three - Tips for parents of babies and toddlers, covering a wide range of topics. Now includes a podcast series, Little Kids, Big Questions AUDIO; each podcast features an interview with an expert that focuses on how to apply the research of early childhood development to your daily interactions with your baby or toddler. (National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families)
Media & Entertainment
Parents! Check out our TEEN ZONE page to find great sites for pre-teens and teens!
Adolescent Literacy - 'Research-based and best-practice information for educators, parents, and others interested in helping young people become better readers and writers.' For parents and teachers of kids in grades 4 - 12. (2000 - 2014, WETA public television and radio station)
Body Image and Your Kids - Advice to help you be a good role model, and lessen the risk of your child developing an unhealthy body image, unhealthy eating habits, or eating disorders (National Women's Health Information Center). See also Media Smarts: Body Image (from Canada's Media Smarts) and Center on Media and Child Health: Body Image UPDATED LINK! (2008, Children's Hospital Boston).
DrugFree.org - A wealth of information and advice to help you keep your kids away from drugs; in English and en Español UPDATED LINK!. Includes A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain UPDATED LINK!, which explores teenage brain development and how it shapes normal teenage attitudes & behavior, plus tools and tips to help you connect with your teen. Need immediate help? Call 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373). (National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign)
ElderCare Online Teen Resource Center - Information, education and support for teens who are coping with or caring for an older relative. (ElderCare Online and Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation)
Menstruation Q & A - Answers to questions young girls often have about getting their periods. (Kotex)
Parenthetical - Blog posts, email newsletter, and related resources offering advice on parenting teens and 'tweens. (University of Wisconsin).
Parents' Sex Ed Center - Advice on how to establish positive communication with your children to help them make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Also explains children's growth and development at different ages from toddler to young adult (Nonprofit site: Advocates for Youth). See also Families are Talking (SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) and Planned Parenthood's Tools for Parents.
Practical Money Skills for Teens - Materials to help teach students in grades 9-12 how to handle money responsibly. There are also sections for Grades 7-8 and College Students (Visa Inc.). [FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED]
Principles of Parenting: Communicating With Your Teen [Link opens a PDF] - Teens often spend less time with their parents than they spend with other teens. This publication offers suggestions for making the most of time parents and teens do spend together (2013, Alabama Cooperative Extension System). See also Tips for Parents with Teenagers (National Runaway Switchboard; non-profit organization).
Sleep: Teens - Information about the sleep needs of teens, and advice on how teens get a better night's sleep. See also Sleep and Teens Q & A UPDATED LINK! (National Sleep Foundation). See also Why is Your Teen So Tired? (Mayo Clinic).
Teen Drivers: N.J. Graduated Driver License - Explains New Jersey's Graduated Driver License (GDL) requirements for drivers under 21. Also provides links to instructions for applying the decal, GDL definitions, and a printable Parent Guide to teen driver safety (N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission). 'Experts believe parents play a key role in preventing teen car crashes and deaths.' Teen Driving offers advice and resources for parents to help teens drive safely (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also Keys 2 Drive (AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety), National Safety Council's Teen Driver Safety Resources, and NHTSA Teen Drivers & Teens and Distracted Driving (U.S. Department of Transportation).
Teens Think What?! - 'Teens are at the highest risk for sexual violence, and one in four girls and one in six guys will be victimized by age 18.' This site explains more about the issues and offers tips on how you can help your child understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. There is a companion site aimed directly at teens. (Pennsyvania Coalition Against Rape)
Troubled Teens: Private Residential Treatment Q & A - 'If you are a parent or guardian and think you have exhausted intervention alternatives for a troubled teen, you may be considering a private residential treatment program... Here are some questions to ask representatives of any program you may be considering.' (Federal Trade Commission)
Troubling Teen Trends - 'A roundup of 10 troublesome trends, some old and some new, that your teen may be exposed to.' (Consumer Reports; last updated August 2010 )
Children with Disabilities UPDATED LINKS! - Fact sheets on a variety of specific disabilities, each with a brief description of the disability and tips for parents and teachers. Additional resources are available from the Parent Center Resource Library. (Center for Parent Information and Resources; funded by the U.S. Department of Education)
Deafness Information - Information related to deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through age 21. Covers the following topics: Babies (0 to 3), Children (3 to 21), Transition to Adulthood, Hearing Loss Information, Language & Literacy, Hearing & Communication Technology, Laws, and Resources. (Gallaudet University)
Developmental Disabilities - Information about a range of developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision impairment, and intellectual disability (U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). See also HealthyChildren.org: Developmental Disabilities articles (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Early Childhood Connection - Online newsletter offering information and resources for parents of young children with disabilities. (PACER Center & U.S. Department of Education)
Emergency Preparedness for Children with Special Health Care Needs - Sample and blank Emergency Information Forms, plus instructions for parents on using them. See also Children & Adolescents with Chronic Conditions and My child has a chronic health condition. What do I need to tell the school?. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Families with Special Needs: Caregiving Tips - 'Whether your family member with special needs is a child or an adult, combining personal, caregiving, and everyday needs can be challenging.' This page offers 'general caregiving tips and links to information on specific health topics to help you and those you care for stay safe and healthy.' (U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
FamilyConnect™: Visual Impairments - Advice and resources for parents of children with visual impairments. (American Foundation for the Blind and National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments)
Get Ready to Read - Online screening tool, activities, checklists, and other resources to help your pre-schooler get ready to learn to read. (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
Gifted & Talented links - Information for parents & teachers of gifted, advanced, and special needs students. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Learning Disabilities Webfinder - Selected links to websites offering information, support, and resources for parents of children with learning disabilities. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Library Service for Blind & Physically Handicapped: Kids Catalog UPDATED LINK! - Audio, braille, and print/braille books and magazines for pre-school through grade 8. Materials and equipment are sent to eligible readers free of charge (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped [NLS]). See also Described & Captioned Media Program (U.S. Department of Education & National Association of the Deaf).
Mom 2 Mom - 'The Mom 2 Mom program is designed to provide a compassionate and encouraging environment for mothers of children with special needs to come together and share support.' The Mom2Mom helpline, 1-877-914-6662 (1-877-914-MOM2), features peer support, telephone assessments, and a network of referral services & support groups. The helpline and related services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to parents of children with special needs throughout New Jersey. (Rutgers UMDNJ)
My Child Without Limits UPDATED LINK! - Information, advice, and support for families of young children ages 0-5 with developmental delays or disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndromw, epilepsy, hearing or vision loss, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida. Use the menu bar across the top to choose a topic from the headings 'Understand', 'Plan', 'Act', or 'Community'. (United Cerebral Palsy)
N.J. Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) - Provides support, assistance, and information for New Jersey parents of children with developmental delays, disabilities, and special health needs. SPAN hosts a Parent Training and Information Center for Parents of Children with Special Education Needs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Online resources include a Basic Rights in Special Education Manual for parents (Non-profit organization). Caregivers of New Jersey offers resources for those who are caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member. Support Coordinators work with individuals with developmental disabilities in creating and developing life plans, including individuals living in developmental centers who wish to be transitioned into the community (this website is funded in part through a contract with the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities).
People with Disabilities Webfinder - Selected links to websites offering resources for people with disabilities, and for their families. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Stuttering - Advice and other resources on stuttering, for parents, kids, teens, teachers, adult stutterers, and others. (Stuttering Foundation of America)
Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs - Lists both online and print resources to help you choose a suitable summer camp for your special child. (National Center on Physical Activity and Disability)
Toys for Children with Special Needs - A guide created in 2008 to help parents, friends, relatives or caregivers select appropriate toys for a child with special needs, such as physical/ hearing/ vision impairments, or developmental disabilities. The FamilyConnect 2014 Holiday Guide offers updated suggestions for accessible games, toys, & gadgets for blind or visually impaired children & teens (American Foundation for the Blind). See also AblePlay™ (National Lekotek Center).
COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY: Protecting Yourself and Your Family - Selected links to the best websites on computer safety, privacy, scams, and more. (South Plainfield Public Library)
NOVELIST K-8 PLUS is a great online resource for helping parents and kids find that next great fiction read. NoveList K-8 Plus also provides access to thousands of nonfiction titles designed to support the curriculum and kids' pleasure reading. Created especially for kids, it has a colorful, graphic-rich homepage and is very easy to use. Hundreds of hand-crafted Recommended Reads reading lists created for teens and kids will excite even the most reluctant of readers. NOTE: If you're using NoveList at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start.
Be Web Aware - Information and advice to help you keep up with kids' online activities and ensure that your children make safe and wise online decisions. Covers e-mail, instant messaging, social networking, blogging, virtual worlds, file sharing, cell phones, cyber-bullying, online predators, internet addiction, and more. Also includes online safety tips by age group (from Media Smarts, a Canadian non-profit organization [NOTE: some information is specific to Canada]).
Center on Media and Child Health - Information about the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children, and advice for families on using media in a healthy way. (Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard University)
Children's and Teens' Books & Reading - South Plainfield Public Library's selected links to great kids' book websites.
Common Sense Media - An easy-to-use website for parents, offering capsule evaluations of movies, TV shows, music, games, websites, and books, with ratings for message, violence, language, and sex; you can filter results by age group. Also offers helpful age-targeted advice for parents on media issues NEW! (Facebook, Instagram, & other social media, screen time, cyberbullying, and privacy & internet safety) as well as blogs, videos, tools for educators and other resources. (Nonprofit organization)
Computer & Texting Slang - See E-Mail, Web, and Chat Room Slang and Acronyms and related links.
COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY: Protecting Yourself and Your Family - Selected links to the best websites on computer safety, privacy, scams, and more. (South Plainfield Public Library)
ESRB Guide to Interactive Entertainment - Ratings and content information for Video Games. (Entertainment Software Association)
FCC Parents' Place - Information to help parents understand and control their children's use of TV, cable, internet, and telephone. (Federal Communications Commission)
Kids & Nature - An interview with journalist & author Richard Louv about the need to get kids away from the TV and computer, and get them outdoors to experience the natural world (2006, Grist Magazine). See also No More Nature Deficit Disorder (2009, Psychology Today) and Getting Kids Back Outdoors (Center for a New American Dream; non-profit organization). Outdoor Activities & Resource Guide [Link opens a PDF] offers easy, inexpensive activities that can connect children with nature, plus lists of field trips, nature fun facts, and quick nature experiments (NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities ). Nature Detectives NEW! provides free seasonal play booklets you can use to inspire children with outdoor play ideas (Woodland Trust, UK).
Kids' Privacy Online - See Kids' Online Safety & Privacy links.
Media Guidelines for Parents - Advice for parents on monitoring their children's use of media, including internet, cell phones, TV, social networking, and more. See also Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Media Smarts: Digital Media Literacy for Parents - Provides adults with 'information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.' The Media Issues section covers body image, diversity, gender representation, intellectual property, marketing & consumerism, and media violence. The Digital Issues section covers cyberbullying, cyber security, excessive internet use, gambling, online hate, online marketing, pornography, privacy, and sexual exploitation (Media Smarts, a Canadian non-profit organization [NOTE: some information is specific to Canada]).
Movie Mom - Reviews of recent movies and DVDs, with information on violence, profanity, nudity, sex, alcohol/drug abuse, and diversity/tolerance issues for each film. By Nell Minow, a columnist for Child magazine. (BeliefNet.com)
Parents' Choice Foundation - 'The nation's oldest not-for-profit evaluator of children's books, videos, toys, audios, computer software, television, and magazines,' provides parents with recommendations on 'fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound.' If you are looking for information about a specific product, click on the 'Product Finder' icon. Includes Parents' Choice Award-Winning Books, quarterly lists of the best kids' books in fiction, non-fiction, 'learning & doing', picture books, and poetry; most with brief reviews; searchable by age group, keywords, product type, and more. Also includes Recommended Children's Magazines and Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading. Parents' Choice also offers an email newsletter.
Reduce Screen Time - Explains the whys and hows of reducing the time your kids spend at the computer, watching TV, or even using handheld devices. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Television and Children - Facts about how television affects children, with tips on how you can help your child develop positive TV viewing habits (2010, University of Michigan Health System). TV Ratings: A Guide for Parents outlines the TV Parental Guidelines rating system, created to help parents choose programs that are suitable for children (2013, HealthyChildren.org, American Academy of Pediatrics).
Violence in the Media - An overview of how TV and video game violence affects kids (2013). Playing Highly Competitive Video Games May Lead to Aggessive Behavior reviews new research which suggests that competitiveness may be the main video game characteristic that influences aggression (2011). Related links are provided on the right-hand sidebar. (American Psychological Association)
For video games, see Media & Entertainment.
For resources on kids' sports and coaching, see our Kids' Sports and Coaching Webfinder.
See also 101 Things You Can Do With or For Kids and related links, above.
ArtsEdge: At Home - Practical advice for parents who want to encourage and support their kids' creativity & knowledge of the arts. (Kennedy Center for the Arts)
Let's Party - A guide to drug-free parties for 5th - 8th graders. Offers recommendations for parents on what to do when your child hosts a party or attends one, plus ideas for party food and games (University of Illinois Extension). Party Game Ideas describes a wide assortment of simple, fun games for both adults and children's parties, including suggestions for birthdays, showers, and holidays.
Make Music Matter in Your Home: Seven Things You Need to Know about Music Lessons - 'Whether it's your one-year-old's talent for pots and pans percussion or your older kid's giddiness for the guitar that makes you decide to look into music lessons, it's likely you're going to have some questions. These tips will ensure that your child starts off her musical career on the right note.' Related resources are listed in the righthand menu (Kennedy Center for the Arts). See also Introducing your child to music at an early age; related resources are listed in the lefthand menu (Youth Music, UK; non-profit organization). For resources on musical instruments, see our Homework Links: ARTS & MUSIC page.
Prom Resources - Information and advice on your teenager's prom. Covers prom budget, chaperoning, prom night safety, finding the right prom dress, and more (About.com, IAC/InterActiveCorp). See also Emily Post's Prom Tips.
Toys: HealthyStuff.org - Information on toxic chemicals in toys and other children's products such as car seats and backpacks. Each product tested has an overall rating for 'level of concern', as well as an individual chemical rating for cadmium, chlorine, lead, arsenic and mercury content (Ecology Center). [NOTE: Products are tested only for hazardous chemical content, not for other possible hazards.] See also US PIRG's Toy Safety Tips and Annual Survey of Toy Safety (2014) NEW!.
Trampolines - Injury facts and safety tips. (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)
Health Source (Consumer Edition) was discontinued as of July 1, 2014.
Salud en Español será descontinuado a partir del 1 de julio de 2014.
Facts on File: Health Reference Center - Clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Focusing on the high school health curriculum, Health Reference Center includes educational videos, color illustrations, and regularly updated health news articles. If you're logging in from your home, school, or office computer, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
Amber Alert N.J. - Part of the national Amber Alert System which issues an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and it is believed that the child's life is in grave danger. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children outlines what actions you should take If Your Child is Missing. For additional resources, see Missing Children - Related Links (U.S. Department of Justice).
Bullying Resource Center - FAQ and advice to help parents understand the effects of bullying, help a child who is being bullied, prevent your child from bullying others, and more (American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry). See also StopBullying.gov ( U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) and CyberBullying (Wired Safety, a non-profit/volunteer organization).
Car Safety Seats, see Child Transportation Safety links, below.
Child Abuse: ChildHelp USA® - Tips, brief articles, video, links, and other resources on recognizing and preventing child abuse (non-profit organization). For additional information, see Medline's Child Abuse Resources page (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
Child Health - See Kids' Health links, below.
Child Safety - Alerts and checklists to help you keep your kids safe (Consumer Product Safety Commission). Safety Tips VIDEO offers 'tips from top safety experts on everything you need to keep kids of any age safe from preventable injuries' (Safe Kids USA; non-profit organization). See also Crime Prevention and Safety Issues for Parents (National Crime Prevention Council). Child Safety & Injury Prevention UPDATED LINK! offers more advice on how to prevent all kinds of childhood accidents and injuries (Medical University of South Carolina). The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Home Safety Handbook provides parents with the latest safety guidelines designed to help keep your infant, toddler and preschooler safe from common accidents and hidden hazards. The American Academy of Pediatrics has timely Health & Safety Tips NEW! on selected topics ranging from allergies to holidays. See also Baby Products Guide & Baby-proofing Your Home, above, and First Aid & Safety links.
Child Transportation Safety: Parents Central - Safety tips and other useful information on car seats, as well as biking, walking, & school bus safety (SaferCar.gov, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Child Safety Seats: A Guide for Families offers advice on choosing and using car seats, with helpful charts and illustrations, plus product listings, phone numbers & links to manufacturers and related resources AUDIO VIDEO; updated annually (American Academy of Pediatrics). Hot Car Warning explains why it is never safe to leave a child alone in a vehicle, even for a few minutes, and even if a window is left slightly open (Canada Safety Council). See also School Bus Safety (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh), and Teen Drivers, above.
Child Traumatic Stress - Resources for parents and other caregivers on understanding and coping with childhood traumas (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). See also Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters (2013, National Institute of Mental Health), School Safety & Crisis Resources for parents and educators (National Association of School Psychologists), and Help in Times of Crisis or Loss (National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children).
Children's Environmental Health - A selection of internet resources on environmental health topics relating to children, including asthma, childhood cancer, food safety, hazardous substances, and more (National Library of Medicine et al.). See also Environmental Health links.
Children's Health - See Kids' Health links, below.
Children's Nutrition - See Children's Nutrition links.
CyberBullying - See Bullying Resource Center and related links, above. See also COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY: Protecting Yourself and Your Family.
Domestic Violence - See 911 for Women and related links.
Family Health & Safety - Information for parents, kids, teens and college students on how to stay safe and healthy throughout the year, with special tips for different occasions and seasons, including prom, spring break, Halloween, camping trips, and more; select from left-hand menu. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
First Aid & Safety - Selected links to first aid information and resources (South Plainfield Public Library).
Flame Retardants: Playing with Fire VIDEO - 'Flame retardants are found in a variety of household products despite evidence they put people's health at risk. This Chicago Tribune investigation looks at how industry has used deceptive tactics to convince the public they're needed.' (2012, Chicago Tribune newspaper)
Gang-Free Communities - A website where parents can 'learn about gangs and signs of gang activity; sharpen your skills as a parent and use them; and join with others to make or keep your neighborhood gang free.' There is also a toll-free phone number: 1-877-SGU-NJSP. (2011, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice)
Garage Sales: Deal or Danger? - 'Without knowing it, many people purchase or sell dangerous and recalled items at their resale shops or garage sales... The next time you go bargain hunting, be sure to watch for these potential dangers.' (Children's Hospital and Health System, Milwaukee, WI).
HealthyStuff.org - Information on toxic chemicals in children's products such as toys, car seats, and backpacks. Each product tested has an overall rating for 'level of concern', as well as an individual chemical rating for cadmium, chlorine, lead, arsenic and mercury content (Ecology Center). [NOTE: Products are tested only for hazardous chemical content, not for other possible hazards.]
Insure Kids Now! - Information on free or low-cost health insurance programs available for children whose parents cannot afford to buy insurance for them. You can also call 1-877-543-7669 (toll-free) for more information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). In New Jersey, see NJ Family Care. Individuals ineligible for NJ FamilyCare can find information on other insurance affordability programs at Healthcare.gov.
Kids' Health - Doctor-approved information for parents, covering general health, infections, emotions & behavior, growth & development, nutrition & fitness, pregnancy & newborns, medical problems, positive parenting, first aid & safety, medications, and more, plus age-appropriate content for kids and teens (Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media). The Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle's Child Health Advice offers guidelines 'to help you determine how sick your child is and if you need to call your child's doctor... [and] to help you treat your child at home when it is safe to do so.' ). Healthy Children VIDEO offers a large collection of information for parents to help you keep your child healthy and safe, through all stages from prenatal to young adult (American Academy of Pediatrics). KidsMD: Health Topics NEW! includes information & advice on health conditions, procedures, injuries, parenting, 'ages & stages', media, and wellness topics (Boston Children's Hospital; teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School). Kids Health Galaxy UPDATED LINK! is an animated site which 'provides interactive, engaging and educational information for children ages 6 to 12 to help them understand and cope with hospitalization' (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia). [NOTE: Some information is specific to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, but the 'MEDICAL LIBRARY' animations contain mostly general information.]
KidsPeace - Resources to help you help your child cope with war, bullies, grief, disaster, violence, and more. Use the left-hand menu to choose a topic. (A private, non-profit treatment & education service)
Middlesex County Community Affairs UPDATED LINK! - Scroll down the page for a list of printable information pamphlets about bullying, gangs, online threats, teen driving, and other safety issues, plus links to related resources. (Middlesex County Prosecutor) [NOTE: Site may not display correctly in some browsers.]
Noisy Planet: Noise & Hearing Loss - 'Learn about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss so that your tween - and you - can have healthy hearing for life' (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). See also Hearing, Ear Infections, and Deafness.
Runaway Switchboard - Advice and resources for parents of runaways.
Teen Driving - See Teen Driving links, above.
Trampolines - Injury facts and safety tips. (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)
We Can!™: Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition - A national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Let's Move (The White House et al.) and Encourage Physical Activity: What Parents Can Do (National PTA).
Families with Special Needs
Adoption Resources - Links to information on all aspects of adoption (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Intercountry Adoption provides information on adopting a child from another country; use the menu bar across the top to navigate. Click on the Country Information tab to find detailed adoption information for specific countries. Formerly International Adoption. (U.S. State Department)
Celebrating Holidays in an Interfaith Family - Suggests how you can incorporate diverse traditions into your family's holiday celebrations. (The Baby Center)
Financial Assistance for Legal Guardianship - Explains the New Jersey Kinship Care Subsidy Program, which provides financial help to people caring for their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other children. (Legal Services of N.J.)
Grandparents & Grandchildren - See SITES FOR SENIORS: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and related links.
Guardianship Resources - Articles explaining what legal guardianship is, how to choose a guardian for your child, and how to establish and maintain a guardianship (Nolo Press).
National Stepfamily Resource Center - A library of articles on a variety of issues affecting stepfamilies, including stepmothering, counseling, finances, co-parenting and co-grandparenting. Formerly Stepfamily Association of America. (Auburn University)
Travel with Pets (Archived page)
Adopting a Pet - Questions and advice to help you determine whether you and your family are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet, plus information on Adopting from an Animal Shelter or Rescue Group (Humane Society of the United States). Find the Right Dog offers advice on finding the right breed of dog to fit your lifestyle; use the right-hand menu to find information on different breeds (Westminster Kennel Club). See also Thinking of Buying a Dog? and Breed Matters (American Kennel Club).
Animal Cruelty: Understanding The Link Between Animal Abuse and Family Violence - Explains links between animal abuse and juvenile & adult violence (ASPCA) (American Humane Association and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) For help explaining animal cruelty to kids, see PAWS Kids: What is Animal Cruelty? (Progressive Animal Welfare Society; non-profit organization).
Companion Animals NEW! - Links to a wide assortment of useful information on pets, including birds, cats, dogs, fish, small mammals, and 'non-traditional pets'. (Animal Welfare Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
De-Skunking Your Dog - An effective home recipe you can use if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk (Humane Society of the United States). See also Skunked? Forget The Tomato Juice VIDEO (NPR's Science Friday).
Disaster Planning for Pets & Family - See Webfinder: Disasters.
Dog Channel and Cat Channel - Magazine articles on dog and cat health, behavior, training, nutrition, and more. Use the top menu bar to go to sites on birds, fish, horses, reptiles, and small animals. (I-5 Publishing, LLC)
Finding a Responsible Home for Your Pet - Do you feel you can no longer keep your pet due to behavior problems, allergies, or rental housing rules? This page provides resources to help you deal with these problems, and reviews the options you have if you ultimately decide that you cannot keep your pet. (Humane Society of the United States)
First Aid Tips for Pet Owners - What would you do if ...your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the kitchen counter? ...your cat had a seizure right in front of you? ...your dog fell down the stairs and started limping? ...your cat was overheating on a hot summer day? This website summarizes the basics you need for giving first aid care to your pet. (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Healthy Pets, Healthy People - 'Information about the health-related risks of owning and caring for animals, [with] tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and your pets healthy.' (National Center for Infectious Diseases)
Moving Outdoor Cats Indoors - Advice on how to help a formerly outdoor cat adjust to life indoors. (ASPCA)
Pet Care - Information on how to care for dogs, cats, horses, and small pets (ASPCA). See also Animal Health (American Veterinary Medical Association), and Pet Health resources (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The free online Merck Manual for Pet Health AUDIO VIDEO includes sections on cats, dogs, birds, horses, & exotic pets, plus emergencies, diagnostic tests, drugs/vaccines and more. (Merck & Co., Inc., pharmaceutical company). Pet Education offers hundreds of articles on the care and feeding of dogs, cats, and small animals, including birds, ferrets, fish, lizards, turtles, rodents, etc.; use both the top menu bar and left-hand menu to navigate (by veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith). Caring for Your Pets is a library of pet care tips for pet owners and animal rescuers, covering dogs, cats, birds, horses, rabbits, pigs, and wildlife (Best Friends Animal Society). See also Health and Safety Tips for Pets (USA.gov).
Pet Euthanasia [Link opens a PDF] - Advice on how to decide when is the right time to have your veterinarian humanely end the life of an elderly or sick pet. See also When Your Animal Dies [Link opens a PDF] (American Veterinary Medical Association). Pet Loss provides additional resources for children and adults on coping with the death of a pet (American Humane Association). See also Pet Loss & Bereavement Resources (Pet Partners, formerly Delta Society; non-profit organization).
Pet Meets Baby - 'Prepare to bring a new baby or child home to your family and your family pets, ensuring the safety of all.' Printable (PDF) booklet. (American Humane Association)
Pets: HealthyStuff.org - Information on toxic chemicals in pet products which may endanger the health of your pets and your family (Ecology Center). See also Green Paws Product Guide and Control Fleas Without Chemicals (Natural Resources Defense Council).
Potentially Dangerous Items for your Pet - Lists common edible and non-edible dangers for your pet that may exist within or around your home (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). Holiday Pet Hazards lists some of the most common hazards that household pets may face during the holidays such as treats, decorations & other goodies, and what you can do to prevent an emergency from occurring (PetsMart). Pet-Safe Gardening helps you your pet from potential hazards in your yard and garden (ASPCA).
Renting with Pets - Advice on how to find pet-friendly rental housing (Humane Society of the United States).
Service Animal Basics UPDATED LINK! - Briefly explains what service animals are, how to get a service dog or have your dog trained as a service animals, and what your rights are with a service dog, assistance animal, or emotional support animal (Pet Partners, formerly Delta Society; non-profit organization). Assistance Animals for the Disabled gives a basic overview of the various uses of animals to provide assistance to people with disabilities (updated 2011). The related Companion Animals: Assistance Animals page provides additional up-to-date information (USDA Animal Welfare Information Center). See also Service Animals in Places of Business (2002) and Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business (2008) (U.S. Department of Justice).