Parents and caregivers are the first and most critical, trusted source of information for their children. Yet, talking about sex and relationships can be challenging. Check out the resources below that prepare and support parents and caregivers to talk openly with the young people in their lives.
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Resources For Parents and Caregivers
Learn about Teen Speak, a program created by Dr. Jenifer Salerno, which helps parents better understand their developing child's brain. Teens - if you want to help your parents understand you better and create open communication, feel free to share this with them!
The A-B-Cs of S-E-X
Parents and caregivers: this course is for you!
Are you a parent, caregiver, or trusted adult who has felt unsure about having conversations about sex and sexuality with the young people in your life? Have your kids already started asking you questions about relationships or bodies that you’re not sure how to answer? Do you have 15 minutes to learn about ways to begin having these regular, lifelong conversations to help young people make healthy decisions and have satisfying friendships and relationships throughout their life?
At Planned Parenthood, we know that parents, caregivers, and trusted adults are the primary sex educators for their children. Our new interactive virtual lesson, “The A-B-Cs of S-E-X: Three Ways to Go Beyond ‘The Talk’” helps parents, caregivers, and trusted adults open the lines of communication with their children and encourages them to have ongoing conversations about sex and relationships.
By completing this free online course, you’ll learn how to:
Move beyond ‘the talk’ and have regular, open, honest conversations with the young people in your life;
Work through any fears or awkwardness you may feel, and remember to talk and - more importantly - listen to the young people in your life; and
Identify opportunities to talk about sex and healthy relationships by looking around you for “teachable moments” in every day life.
We'd like to thank ArcheMedX for enabling us to deliver this resource via their interactive learning platform, Ready. Clicking on the link to take this online course will bring you to ArcheMedX's platform.
180 Turning Lives Around
180 Turning Lives Around supports and empowers individuals and families in crisis. It provides comprehensive and compassionate services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence, no matter your race, gender, orientation, or social status. 180 Turning Lives Around operates the 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline, a confidential prevention helpline open to any topic for youth ages 10-24.
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Professional development on creating safe schools, especially concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Consultation and presentations on these topics for families, individuals, educators, student groups, professionals and community groups. Leadership and support in developing and carrying out advocacy and activism.
NJ Family Health Line
24-hour Helping Line for expecting and new moms, and families with children and special needs. Speak with experienced nurses and counselors regarding COVID-19, perinatal anxiety, and postpartum depression.
New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program
The New Jersey Foster Care Scholars program provide adolescents who have experienced time in foster care later in their lives, adoption, kinship, legal guardianship, and homelessness with assistance and support to pursue their post-secondary education.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
State Parent Advocacy Network
SPAN's vision is that all families will have the resources and support they need to ensure that their children become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society.
Educational videos for youth ages 10-14 and their parents/caregivers. They have more than 100 videos, translated into a variety of languages, covering a wide range of information about sexual health and well-being.
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
• Early intervention bereavement
• Teen outreach program
• Perinatal addiction prevention
• Child care health consultants
• Postpartum mood disorder follow-up
• Service coordination professional education
“We are here for you.”
Parents Anonymous of NJ
Speak to a sensitive, trained volunteer to work through frustrations and stressors before a crisis occurs. Volunteers provide empathic listening and referrals to resources in your community.
Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey
Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey, Inc. provides high-quality, comprehensive, accessible, and affordable reproductive and complementary health care services, emphasizing privacy, confidentiality, dignity and sexual self-determination. They advocate for public policies that guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. They provide and support education programs that expand understanding of human sexuality.
The Father Center of NJ
Central and Southern NJ
Offers job readiness and workforce development activities, parenting education, anger management classes, dress2Impress professional men's clothing, and the “Healthy Relationships, Healthy Choices” ninth grade male leadership program.
They believe strong fathers, father-figures, and role models are the best influence on young people. They work to build stronger communities by building stronger, healthier families.
B.O.S.S Mentoring Inc. (Boys of Sustainable Strength)
Provides group mentoring that focuses on physical and mental health awareness, academic success, life skills, cultural competency, and financial literacy. They offer community services, events, college tours, field trips, and parent workshops.
The goals of B.O.S.S. Mentoring are to build self-esteem; provide an environment where boys can be safe and interact with other boys their ages; challenge them to be responsible for their actions and engage in conflict resolution; help them discover and develop their own individuality including strengths, talents, and gifts; and give them hope, confidence, and the courage to be sustainable.
They provide community engagement and supportive membership services that inspire, motivate and cultivate community members to become better versions of themselves. They do this through workshops, trainings and workforce development tools that highlight empowerment through education, action into advocacy and exploring options through entrepreneurship.
They support youth throughout the phases of conception: Preconception (before having children), prenatal (during pregnancy), postpartum (after birth) and interconception (between births). They also emphasize upholding an inclusive environment for the village that supports moms and women – aunts, uncles, fathers and father figures. They extend support to teen fathers as well.
Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey
Provides resources to support women, children and families through home visitation, community education, outreach and support groups. The Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative provides education about women's mental health during the perinatal period to both professionals and consumers and provide follow-up support to pregnant women, those who have recently given birth or experienced a perinatal loss.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
The Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Adult Acute Partial Hospital Program offers daily group-based recovery-oriented treatment, support, and case management services for people coping with the challenges of mental illness, including individuals struggling with addiction or substance abuse. Their mission is to provide quality evidence-based services designed to assist individuals with achieving valued life roles as they pursue recovery and community reintegration.