New Jersey

If you have found us because you have experienced a loss, our hearts go out to you.  We welcome you to reach out and join us as we honor babies gone too soon.  If you would like to speak with someone or need financial assistance fill out our online application form and someone who can help will be in touch.

Over 1,100 babies die each year in New Jersey and there is limited government funds available to support bereaved families who need to make final arrangements for their baby and ongoing support to rebuild their lives. Together we can support these families and make a difference in New Jersey.

Help your Community

Anyone who is interested in supporting bereaved families in New Jersey is welcome and encouraged to attend one of these upcoming events, to visit the Center for Child Loss, or to apply to become a VolunTEAR with this form.

Please Note: NJ Center for Child Loss is closed as of March 16, 2020 due to COVID19. All support groups are cancelled until further notice. If you need emotional support during this time, please contact Linda Ostapovich by phone or email. 732-694-8706 /

The TEARS Foundation’s Center for Child Loss – CLOSED, please see note above
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C
Old Tudor Village
Wall, NJ 07719
(848) 469-8180 or (732) 694-8706

Regular Center Hours: Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30-1:30, Wednesday 9:30-4:00 and other times by appointment only

Upcoming Events

Angel of Hope Engraving
July 31, 2020
– Deadline for engraving names on the New Jersey Angel of Hope Monument

New Jersey Rock & Walk
September 20, 2020
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Bradley Beach Boardwalk, NJ
For more information or to register: NJRockWalk2020

New Jersey South Rock & Walk
Date: October 3, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Washington Lake Par, Sewell, NJ
For more information or to register: NJSRockWalk2020

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group – CANCELED, please see note above
First Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
New Jersey Center for Child Loss
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C, Old Tudor Village, NJ 07719
These meetings are open discussion support groups. Any bereaved parent is welcome to drop in.

Pregnancy After Loss Support Group – CANCELED, please see note above
Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
New Jersey Center for Child Loss
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C, Old Tudor Village, NJ 07710
The goal of this group is support for moms currently expecting a rainbow baby, those trying to conceive after a loss and/or any loss mom who has questions about the anxiety and stress involved in a pregnancy after loss. Please contact the Center for more information.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss South New Jersey Support Group – CANCELED, please see note above
The Moorestown Library
111 W. 2nd St.  Moorestown, NJ
Second Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
2020 dates as follows: Jan 16, Feb 13, March 12, April 7 (Tuesday), May 14, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17

               Grandparent’s Support Group – CANCELED, please see note above

               First Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, New Jersey Center for Child Loss, 1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C
              Old Tudor Village, NJ 07710. This group meets once a month to support each other as bereaved grandparents. Please contact the Center                  for more information.

Survivor’s Group – CANCELED, please see note above
The Survivors Group is designed for bereaved moms whose baby has died and they are at least 1 year removed from the loss. Survivors meet at various locations for a planned outing. Activities may include dinner at a local restaurant, bowling, Escape Room and movies or games at the Center. The night is designed for bereaved moms to come together for continued support and sharing while socializing in a fun atmosphere. Developing and maintaining relationships with others during your grief journey is vital. Please check our our Facebook page for the details of monthly events or call the Center for more details.

Stay in Touch

To stay up to date on events near you, and to find out how you can join the movement across New Jersey, connect with us on Facebook, join our email list, or reach out to one of our New Jersey Chapter Leaders! We will be happy to speak with you by phone call or text.

Like us on Facebook: New Jersey Chapter of the TEARS Foundation

New Jersey Chapter Leaders

John Ostapovich (732) 233-4431
Linda Ostapovich (732) 694-8706

Thank you to our 2019 New Jersey Walk Sponsors!

Custom Party and Brothers Shore Rentals, Silver Sponsor

Get it Done Fitness, Silver Sponsor

Flowers By Colleen, Silver Sponsor

Monmouth Medical Center / RWJBarnabasHealth, Silver Sponsor

New Jersey Natural Gas, Bronze Sponsor

EPOLY Corporation, New Jersey South Silver Sponsor