Protecting children, strengthening families, and empowering our communities through innovative, life-enhancing services.
Robins’ Nest pioneered the group home movement in New Jersey in 1968. It began when a foster mother came to speak at a meeting of the Junior Women’s Club of Woodbury. She talked about how teenagers, subject to abuse and neglect at home, often ran away – only to be locked up along with hardened criminals. She had taken in a few of these teens herself, to help them regain their confidence, continue their education, and go on to lead productive lives.
The young women were so moved by the foster mother’s hard work that they vowed to expand her care and compassion to help other troubled teens in the area. The Women’s Club members began speaking to various community organizations, asking for their help to purchase a house that would serve their needs. The response was immediate and the group home quickly became a reality. Fifteen years later, Robins’ Nest expanded programming to include the first home-based treatment program for children in the state. The success of this program in turn led to the creation and implementation of other programs, thanks to the ongoing generosity of individuals and organizations.
Robins’ Nest has grown from an organization serving children to a community based services powerhouse with over 65 programs and services that impact children, adults, families, veterans, caregivers and the community at large. With its results-focused protocols and driven, experienced staff, Robins’ Nest is having a measurable impact on so many people, in so many ways.