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A Message from the Director

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    Welcome to the CAPE Resource Center.  We serve the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, educational opportunities and referrals to help you navigate the special needs world.  Our website contains some valuable features and benefits, so you, as a caregiver/family member, professional or an individual with disabilities, are more informed.

    Families face numerous challenges and emotions while caring for a loved one with a disability.  Navigating "systems" adds additional frustration and stress.  Please feel free to reach out to me for a friendly ear and/or for information/resources to assist you.  Our Zoom webinars address issues such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, strategies to get ahead of challenging behaviors, safety in the community, and estate planning, transition issues, etc.  Our archived webinars are available online - https://www.bergen.org/Page/4298.

    Our virtual Parent/Caregiver support groups, facilitated by Lauren Lavelle, a parent coach and a professional in the field of disabilities, meet monthly and are quite informative.  These groups are virtual and judging by the participation, are a great success.  Although the groups are at no cost, registration is required.

    We are in the process of scheduling this year's webinars, and ask if you have any suggestions about topics. Please let me know

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    The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is pleased to support “Cover All Kids”, an expansion of NJ FamilyCare healthcare coverage to all of New Jersey’s children, regardless of their immigration status.  Beginning January 2023, children who do not have lawful presence in the U.S., live in New Jersey, and whose family income qualifies will be eligible to receive NJ FamilyCare healthcare coverage. NJ FamilyCare provides a variety of health services, such as doctor/specialist visits, mental health, vision, dental, vaccinations, and a number of other benefits to keep children healthy.

    The goal is to ensure residents in every part of New Jersey are familiar with Cover All Kids and the essential benefits it provides for their children.  Together, we can help safeguard our kids with the health services they deserve.

    To find out more about Cover All Kids, please visit this website https://nj.gov/coverallkids/.

    Thank you,

    Rick Hager
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Office of Communications, Legislative and Public Affairs
    New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)
    PO Box 729
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    Ph: (609) 888-7379
    C:  (609) 947-7505
    E: Richard.Hager@dcf.nj.gov



    LIFE PLANNINGWho will Care for my Loved One when I am Gone?

    Date:  Wednesday, June 7, 2023

    Time:  7:00-8:30 pm

    Presenter:  Ellen Nalven, Executive Director

                       Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of NJ (PLAN/NJ)

    To attend this workshop please register at https://bergen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vkZGpgNHRUOEShZlHv1O2A


    LET'S GET TOGETHER & TALK - for Parents of Adult Children age 21 and over with Disabilities

    Date:  Thursday, June 8, 2023

    Time:  7:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Lauren Lavelle

    To attend this workshop please register at https://bergen.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscuGgqDwoEtVlOTQ4SRn_xPQ0OpekOkTi


    PARENT-TO-PARENT EXCHANGE MEETINGS - for Parents of Students under age 21 with Disabilities

    Date:  Tuesday, June 13, 2023

    Time:  7:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Lauren Lavelle

    To attend this workshop please register at https://bergen.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMufu6oqjgoH9QXwhYunlVifvZHCXu4kc-e


    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 


    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 

    Visit our website - BCSS Cape Center


    Hope to see you soon!!  Feel free to reach out to me at the BCSS CAPE Resource Center if you have any questions/concerns, etc.  201-343-6000 x 4067 or by email at linwie@bergen.org.

    All the best,

    Linda Signature 


BCSS CAPE Resource Center

  • The BCSS CAPE Resource Center serves as a...

    A hub for educators, community members and individuals living and working in and around Bergen County to locate services and resources for those with developmental and other disabilities;

    We offer...

    Resource Coordination/Information

    • Resource coordination includes intake as well as referral to the system of services and educational resources in Bergen County and the surrounding communities.
    • Educational materials, such as fact sheets, journal articles, publications, directories, etc., on topics related to people with disabilities;

    Educational Workshops (Areas of interest include…)

    • Transition Planning
    • Parenting Skills
    • Guardianship/Estate Planning/Special Needs Trusts
    • Housing Options
    • Monthly Parent Support Groups
      • Monthly Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers with youth 14 yrs. and older

    Linda Wieseneck, Director, is available to answer questions and to provide consultation and support regarding special services and community resource options.  Follow up ensures quality of services.

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