Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is now accepting registrations for its Children’s Social Skills Group. This unique small group experience is offered for children in first through fourth grades who have difficulty making and maintaining friendships, who are uncomfortable in group settings and who have a hard time with listening and following directions.

The group will meet for 12 weekly sessions of activities and discussions on a weekday afternoon at the JFS Offices in Livingston, 570 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Suite 106.  Together, the group will explore ways to communicate effectively, how to enter a group situation, social problem solving and how to identify feelings that affect behaviors.

Interactive lessons, group activities and games will be used to keep children interested and to develop a sense of confidence in a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere.  Groups will be split into two age appropriate cohorts and JFS Social Worker Margo Adelsberg, LCSW, will facilitate the group.

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With roots going back to 1861, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is today a comprehensive social service agency providing counseling and support services, on a non-discriminatory basis, to help strengthen and restore the family, in Essex, Morris, Sussex and parts of Hudson and Union counties.  JFS annually touches more than 3,500 families in the MetroWest area.  Traditionally, half of our services help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue-based social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City.   For more information, please call (973) 765-9050. 

Funding for the Children’s Social Skills Groups has been made possible in part by a grant from the Iris Teen Tzedakah Program of UJC MetroWest.  JFS Child and Adolescent Services receive generous support from the Merck Company Foundation’s Neighbor of Choice Initiative.

The fee is $40 per session and pre-registration is required.  For more information about the Children’s Social Skills Group or to register, contact Margo Adelsberg at 973-740-1233, ext. 1765 or