Family Guidance Center Corporation is a non-profit agency created in 1993 following the merger of the Community Guidance Center of Mercer County, founded in 1948, and the Family Service Association of Trenton/Hopewell Valley, founded in 1938. Family Guidance Center Corporation is one of the premier social service, special education, and healthcare providers in central New Jersey.
The agency's two largest programs are the Children's Day School, a special education school for children ages 6 to 15, and the Children's Day Treatment Program, a therapeutic afterschool, summer, and Saturday program for children of the same ages with mental health needs. The agency also provides budget, credit, and housing counseling as well as comprehensive mental health, AIDS/HIV, addictions and prenatal counseling. Through a contract with the State of New Jersey, Family Guidance Center serves as the Family Preservation Service provider for Mercer County.
A committed staff of licensed, accredited and certified teachers, social workers, psychologists, nurses, financial and mental health counselors provide Family Guidance Center's client services. The agency has a full-time medical director who is a board certified psychiatrist. All of these direct client services are supported by experienced operations staff who work in human resources, finance, fund development, and management information.
Since the merger in 1993, Family Guidance Center has met the changing needs of the community.
In 1996, Family Guidance purchased and renovated the 45,000 square foot Lanning School in Ewing Township, now home to the Children's Day School and the Children's Day Treatment Program. Over 145 children are educated and cared for in this building every day, twelve months of the year.
From 1994 to 2002, Family Guidance Center, funded by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, led the Mercer County HIV Consortium. Family Guidance Center continues to provide counseling services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2001, Family Guidance Center was chosen by the United Way to distribute financial assistance and provide counseling services to individuals and families harmed by the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax crisis. Family Guidance also helped victims of 9/11 by participating in the NJ Family Advocacy Program.
In 2002, Family Guidance Center collaborated with the Henry J. Austin Health Center to provide mental health services at Austin's two Trenton facilities. Services are delivered to low-income and uninsured clients.
In 2005, Family Guidance Center joined the Trenton Children's Futures collaborative to provide prenatal addictions counseling to expectant mothers at four area hospitals and health centers.
In 2005, Family Guidance Center's Consumer Credit Counseling Service was approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Approval does not indorse or assure the quality of a provider's services.
Since the merger in 1993, Family Guidance Center has received and maintained: child care licensure for Children's Day Treatment from the NJ Department of Human Services; agencywide accreditation from the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation for Children and Families, Inc.; US Department of Housing and Urban Development certification to provide housing counseling; State of NJ Department of Banking and Insurance licensure for credit counseling; and State of NJ Mental Health and Substance Abuse licensure.
Family Guidance Center's trustees, staff, and donors have been instrumental in accomplishing these positive changes. Family Guidance Center will continue to honor its mission by providing high quality, accessible and innovative services for those who need them, regardless of their ability to pay. – less–ZoomInfo