About Us

Our Director's Message

A brighter, healthier future awaits those who care

Madeline Lozowski, Executive Director

In the late 90's, a dedicated group of parents approached the State of New Jersey with a plan to reform children's mental health. These parents recognized that the system in place at that time was not meeting the needs of children with complex emotional, mental health or behavioral challenges.

Under the direction of Governor Christie Whitman, New Jersey launched the Children's System of Care Initiative.

The vision was to create a system of care that focused on family strengths and community resources. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to design mental health services and supports that are effective, that build on the strengths of individuals, and that address each person's cultural and linguistic needs.

A system of care helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life. System of care is not a program — it is a philosophy of how care should be delivered. System of Care is an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs.


Madeline Lozowski
Executive Director

Family Support Organization

About The FSO

Parents Helping Parents

That's really what makes our organization unique. We provide direct peer-to-peer support to the family members and caregivers of children with special emotional and behavioral needs.

The Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties is a partner within New Jersey's Division of Children's System of Care. This system was created to help children with complex emotional, mental health or behavioral issues.

The FSO is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Children's System of Care. 

Parents Helping Parents

Board of Directors

Lynn Waiters

Beverly Entin

Christine M. Monahan

Robert Hardgrove

Ricky Braff

Christine Brown

Cathie Fischer

  Sarah McLeod

Wanda Opdyke

Frances Varga

Paul Semegran

Carmen Calvimontes



Hunterdon, Somerset & Warren Office Staff

Madeline Lozowski
Executive Director

Myra Bush
Office Manager

Deborah Brack
Family Support Coordinator
Sherri Latzko 
Family Support Partner  
Sharon McNeil
Family Support Partner
Gloria Parker
Family Support Partner
Karen Pieretti
   Family Support Partner
   Sulma Melissa Rojas-Arias
Family Support Partner
Christine Yanoso
Family Support Partner
Stephanie Nienstedt

Community Outreach Specialist

Aimee Ruiz

Community Outreach Specialist

Stephanie Billitz
Youth Activities Coordinator
Roy Kurre
   Youth Partnership