Adolescent Program


Our Adolescent Clients

The residential treatment program for pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children at the Center for Great Expectations (CGE) is licensed by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). The adolescent clients are often survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect, and extreme poverty. Many have spent their lifetime in the foster care system. Up to 70% of the adolescents have co-occurring mental health disorders. Almost 90% report having been sexually abused, and 60% have been physically abused.

After an intensive intake, health, and psychiatric evaluation, an individual treatment program is developed, which includes:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Psychological and psychiatric treatment
  • Psychopharmacologic treatment and management
  • Academic and vocational education/training
  • Parenting education
  • Health education and medical care, including pregnancy, childbirth, delivery, postpartum care, and all health needs of children
  • Life skills development, including communication skills, nutrition and meal planning, budgeting, time management, emotional regulation and expression, and self-advocacy
  • Counseling services to the adolescent, baby’s father, and other significant family members or circle of support
  • Intensive case management, including coordination of all services with DCP&P, care management organizations (CMOs), probation, and other service providers involved in the adolescent's care
  • Recreation that promotes healthy social development in a drug-free and risk-free environment
  • Classes and tutoring they need to get their high school diploma

Through these programs and services, our adolescents improve their emotional well-being and develop essential parenting and life skills needed to prepare them to care for their family and, ultimately, manage their own home and finances.

Through the care and services they receive at CGE, these young women can look forward to a future that holds possibility and promise.

For more information contact our Adolescent Program Manager at (732) 247-7014, Ext 323.