A Member of the Community for 143 Years! United Family & Children's Society is a direct descendent of the first private organized efforts to help needy people in the Plainfield, NJ area in 1877. The Plainfield Relief Society was established with the philosophy "that the best charity was to aid and teach the destitute to help themselves." In 1893, the Organized Aid Association was formed with similar goals and was followed by the Charity Organization Society in 1907. In 1941, these pioneering agencies and The United Catholic Aid Society and the United Hebrew Charity Organization were merged into one group to form what is now known as United Family & Children's Society.
Today the focus is on mental health services, adoption, foster care and/including services for 175 de-institutionalized adults in a Plainfield residential healthcare facility. The agency is licensed by the NJ Department of Human Services for adoption and mental health outpatient services. The agency is a field location for local clinical degree graduate programs. Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, and the graduate schools of social work at Columbia University, Fordham University, Seton Hall University, and Kean University have all been represented by clinical interns at United Family.