Children with brain injury and their families need many different kinds of support over the developmental continuum and into adulthood. Some effects of the injury may not become immediately apparent. Particularly in severe injuries in young children, the area of the child’s brain that is injured may not begin to develop until years after the injury at which time new changes in behavior may be noticed. Sometimes the initial injury has been forgotten, or the connection to the brain injury and development is not made. A change in behavior may be attributed to some other cause and not be recognized as a consequence of the early brain injury.
CARES for KIDS
BIANJ Cares for kids is a free statewide care management program for families who have a child
under the age of 21. Specialized care managers meet and work with individuals and their families, in-person and by telephone, providing information and guidance to direct them to appropriate government and community programs. To be eligible the child with the brain injury must live in New Jersey.
For more information and eligibility requirements, click here.
The BIANJ Helpline operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Resource Specialists respond to requests for information and resources which are provided over the phone, via mail or email, and follow up to learn if the resources were helpful and if you require additional assistance. Click here for more information.
Adolescent and Parent Support Groups at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick
200 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Adolescent Group: Auditorium 2
Parent Group: Auditorium 1
Contact: Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 732-745-0200
Both groups meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm
Fall Family Conference
Each fall BIANJ hosts a one-day conference for those affected by brain injury. The program for the day is specifically developed for individuals with brain injury, family members, friends, relatives, and others interested in helping someone they know with a brain injury. Click here for more information.
Annual Walk for Brain Injury Awareness
This annual fundraising event also provides an opportunity for individuals and families living with brain injury to network with each other, make new friends, and interact with the community at large. There are fun activities and a picnic at each of the four sites for the Walk. Click here for more information.
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