About United Family

A Member of the Community for 138 Years!

United Family & Children's Society is a direct descendent of the first private organized efforts to help needy people in the Plainfield, NJ area in 1877. The Plainfield Relief Society was established with the philosophy "that the best charity was to aid and teach the destitute to help themselves." In 1893, the Organized Aid Association was formed wth similar goals and was followed by the Charity Organization Society in 1907.

In 1941, these pioneering agencies and The United Catholic Aid Society and the United Hebrew Charity Organization were merged into one group to form what is now known as

United Family & Children's Society

The 125th Anniversary of the agency was celebrated at a special event in April 2002. President George W. Bush and the Governor of New Jersey each sent congratulatory letters honoring the agency's work over the past 125 years.

Today the focus is on mental health services, adoption, foster care, special programming for pregnant and parenting teens and services for 175 de-institutionalized adults in a Plainfield residential healthcare facility. The agency is licensed by the NJ Department of Human Services for adoption and mental health outpatient services.

The agency is a field location for local clinical degree graduate programs. Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied Psychology, and the graduate schools of social work at Columbia University, Fordham University and Kean University have all been represented by clinical interns at United Family.

Professional Affiliations and Giving

Supported by People Like You! United Family is a certified partner of the United Way of Greater Union County and Somerset County United Way, both in New Jersey. Staff contribute to the annual United Way campaign at a 100% level.

As a 501(c)3 organization, donations to United Family are tax-deductible. Financial gifts, one-time donations and multi-year pledges are accepted throughout the year and directly support the agency's services to its clients. Contributions in the form of a bequest in a will, donations of stock and naming the agency as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy are also gratefully accepted. Contact your tax advisor with any questions.

Major contributors to UFCS include: the Turrell Fund, Harris Brothers Foundation, The Plainfield Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The Arnold Schwartz Foundation and the Boyle Family Foundation along with many generous and thoughtful individual donors.

United Family is a member of the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJAMHA), the Union County Court Consortium, the Mental Health Professional Advisory Committee for Union County, The Union County Youth Services Commission, and the Union County Human Services Advisory Council.

 
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