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Director's Message 

Welcome to The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute website. The Family Institute was developed as a resource for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) starting in January of 2014.  Our goal is to help families find the tools and resources they need to navigate the system of care. We are dedicated to providing timely information and bridging the gap between service changes and families. We will do this by providing advocacy and education on services, transition and system issues, individual issues and so much more.

We invite you to browse through our site where you will find links to all 21 county chapters of The Arc, monthly E- Newsletters, timely updates, action alerts, webinars, and fact sheets pertinent to issues being addressed today.

If you are in need of guidance and support, I strongly encourage you to call us at The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute. You can reach us at 732.828.2022 or you can fill out The Problem Report Form located on our home page.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Lisa Ford
Director, The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute

Nicoletta Tomarch is the Coordinator of Information and Outreach for The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute. She graduated from Rider University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Integrated Science & Math. After college, she was a teacher before joining The Arc Family Institute Team in October 2022. 

The goal of her position is to connect families with resources that will help them. This includes family phone calls, responding to problem forms, attending resource fairs, and more. It is important to Nicoletta that families are able to feel they have a voice in helping their loved one with IDD.

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