Monmouth County Rainbows - Family and Children Services | Behavior Issues | Emotional Support


  • Monmouth BeachFreeholdBelmar - Keansburg 

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Rainbows is available at these locations in Monmouth County. Rainbows is open to all families in Monmouth County from all economic and religious backgrounds, and for two-parent, single-parent, or foster-parent families.   

  • FREE PROGRAM > Rainbows is a free program for all participants
  • SPANISH SPEAKING SUPPORT > at our Monmouth Beach Location

RAINBOWS OVERVIEW - Rainbows is the largest international non-profit program dedicated to helping children heal from painful family transitions having served 3 million children over 30 years.  Rainbows is a support group for children that helps children heal from the emotional impacts of separation, divorce, death, illness, military deployment or any other painful family transition.  We do ask that parents and guardians make a commitment to attending consistently to ensure there is continuity within their respective groups.  Our Monmouth County locations meet weekly September thru April  and monthly May thru August.  We are open to take new registrations for children throughout the year so please enroll (click the enroll link above) or if you have any questions please email us at or call our Monmouth County coordinators at Mike & Marie Meriton at (908) 720-7044.

RAINBOWS BENEFITS - Rainbows program curriculum helps children and teenagers:

  • Develop and strengthen problem-solving, appropriate behavior and anger management skills
  • Improve school attendance and academic performance
  • Alleviate depression and anxiety
  • Reduce emotional pain and suffering
  • Improve communication in their families
  • Reduce the likelihood of destructive behavior

RAINBOWS PROGRAM APPROACH - Rainbows hopes to help children accept the change in their family, develop coping skillls to deal with their feelings, and to share in a trusted and confidential environment with others who have had similar experiences of grief.  Rainbows writing journals, games, discussions, stories and crafts are used to help learn about emotions, self-esteem, coping with changes and forgiveness.  Children develop friendships as they share their feelings with other children their age who may have experienced the same emotions. Rainbows is not just for children with recent loss but also where a family loss may have happened years ago though there still may be unresolved feelings or behavior issues. 

IS RAINBOWS A RELIGIOUS PROGRAM? - Rainbows is not a formal religious program and is open to all denominations and all faiths in Monmouth County.  We do acknowledge that God and prayer can help grieving and healing. Our emphasis is on following the proven Rainbows curriculum which each week focuses on topics like "Anger" or "What is a Family", and other Rainbows curriculum topics that help children express themselves, realize they are not alone and to develop coping skills and to heal.  

RAINBOWS CHILDREN AGE GROUPS - Rainbows is organized by age level: LEVEL 1 > ages 5/6 - LEVEL 2 > ages 7/8 - LEVEL 3 > ages 9-11 - LEVEL 4 > ages 12-14 - LEVEL 5 > 15-17.  Please check each Monmouth County location on the left panel of this web page for what age groups they support.  Each week we follow the Rainbows curriculum and all age groups cover the same topic but the discussion and activities are age adjusted. 

RAINBOWS FOR ADULTS - Parents and guardians with children enrolled in Rainbows can also optionally attend an adult Rainbows session that meets at the same time as the children do.  Most of our locations support the adult Rainbows sessions.  Please confirm this with the site coordinator for your planned location.   The adults sessions cover the same topics as the children sessions though the materials are age adjusted.  This allow parents and guardians to personally benefit from Rainbows and also the opportunity to positively reinforce Rainbows concepts with their children.  Participation in the adult Rainbows program is optional and not required in order to enroll your children in Rainbows.

MONMOUTH COUNTY RAINBOWS MEETING TIMES - Meeting times are show by Monmouth County location on the left panel of this web page.

COMMITMENT TO ATTENDANCE - We do ask that parents and guardians make a commitment to have their children consistently attend Rainbows sessions to ensure there is continuity for the children within their groups and to get the most benefit from the Rainbows program.

QUESTIONS?For more information kindly contact our Monmouth County Rainbows Site Coordinators Mike and Marie Meriton on email at or call us at (908) 720-7044 for more information.

OPEN ENROLLMENT TO MONMOUTH RAINBOWS - We welcome new enrollments through out the year (click on the "ENROLL" link below).  

<< CLICK HERE >> to ENROLL in your Rainbows Group




RAINBOWS - Monmouth County Locations Below

Monmouth Beach - supports ages   5-18 / K-12 and Spanish speaking parents at the Parish Center at Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ (map) - Monday nights 645-745p.  Site coordinator questions or for schedule please contact Mike & Marie Meriton at 908-720-7044 or 

Freehold - supports ages 5-18 / K-12 at St Robert Bellarmine facilities (Parish Hall), 61 Georgia Road, Freehold (map) -  Wednesday nights 615-745p  Site Coordinator questions and for schedule please contact Joanne Mercadante at

Belmar - supports ages 5-18 / K-12 at St. Rose facilities - 603 Seventh Av, Belmar (map) - Wednesday nights 630-730p (K-14) .  Site coordinator questions or for schedule please contact Maryann Trez at

Keansburg / Middletown - ages 5-14 / K-8 St. Ann's school facilities located at 285 Carr Avenue, (parking lot behind church at 311 Carr Av) Keansburg (map) - Monday nights 630-730p. Site coordinator questions or for schedule contact Theresa Kelly