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'r kids Family Center

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews 1,709

Address:

45 Dixwell Ave New Haven CT 06511 USA

Mission:

The 'r kids Family Center mission is to provide specialized, quality services to children and families in transition. Our objective is to promote permanency, safety and stability for children by providing nurturing services to biological, foster, adoptive and relative care families.

Programs:

Working with Department of Children and Families referred clients, 'r kids works with families who have been separated from their children. The goal is to provide intensive support services to allow for permanency either within the birth home, the relative care or adoptive home. Staff provide initially center based supervised visitation and individualized parenting support .Additionally assessment and treatment planning services are provided. The provision of unsupervised and in-home visits occurs for those families who have a plan of reunification. If reunification is not the goal, staff prepairs the families and children for a permanent out-of - home placement. Staff provide children with programming to meet specific individual needs, including referrals and transitional planning and support. Our services are on-going and multi-faceted, singularly geared toward the timely implementation and support of effective permanency plans.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am a Social Worker for the State Connecticut Department of Children and Families. In working with 'r kids Family Center throughout the years the agency has always assisted me in ensuring the needs of the families I worked with needs be met in a timely manner. 'r kids Family Center mission is to provide specialized, quality services to children and families in transition and they have done that and more. The community need more providers like this. ~Tracey

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

To the founder of r kids inc ms balanca , and Mr Steve.... me and the kids pray that god blesses you greatly so that you can finish helping other families like you did we needed you most. Emotionally financially and verbally way after your gone we will never forget you. God bless you guys.


 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am finishing a year-long advanced clinical internship for my Master of Social Work. The staff here are incredible! They have been hand selected by the Executive Director for the unique backgrounds, experiences, and skills that each offers to the team. They are a passionate, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring group of people. Every single staff member dedicates themselves completely to every family that walks through the doors. I cannot say enough of the staff. They go above and beyond to serve all the 'r kids families. It is certainly a unique organization in the world of child protection and child welfare. As for my experience as an intern, I have been so blessed to have the supervision of the brilliant 'r kids Clinical Director this year. She is a very sharp clinician and an equally skillful teacher and mentor. I have been guided as well by the other staff, who never hesitate to stop what they are doing and answer my questions or give me a hand.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at 'r kids in the summer of 2014 as a last-minute intern placement without experience in the field of social work or foster care services. The 'r kids team made my time with them a truly incredible learning experience. I loved learning from every member of the organization; they are such a committed, caring, and welcoming group of people, and it shows through with clients, families, and in the organization's energy. 'r kids does an astonishing amount of work, especially for a small organization; it is the cornerstone of a community of families that have come to them for support and stability, and 'r kids stays connected with those families as long as it takes to guarantee successful reunification or adoption, and even longer, which wouldn't be possible without the energy and care they bring to every case. 'r kids is constantly coming up with new and creative ways to strengthen the different communities it helps - the families it serves and the local New Haven community, as well as a wide-ranging community tied together by its powerful experiences with foster care and adoption. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked at 'r kids, and hope 'r kids will be able to reach even more people in the years to come.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Rkids Family Center in fall of 2012 as an intern hoping to embark on new experiences and gain new knowledge to better my understanding of the profession I would be looking to work in after graduation in 2013. The past few months here have taught me so much and I owe it to the truly dedicated and caring staff members who help make things possible. Although the center may be small, it is a small space that pushes for big dreams. I have been given the chance to see how truly caring and beneficial the Rkids family really is. Working hard to reunite families and help in bettering the lives of so many men, women, and most importantly children the center has helped me gain so much, that i am truly grateful that I just happened upon finding them and being given a chance to work along side such genuinely caring people. I can honestly whole heartedly say that Rkids has really opened my eyes and I am grateful for the chance to be a part of this Rkids family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

"I give 'r Kids five stars for their excellent work with families in need whether it may be adoption or reunification. The 'r Kids team has great pride in helping families in need. You guys are the best!! "

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Several years ago I was in church when the minister introduced an individual who was involved with adoption and foster care services and housed up the street from the church in one of the poorest though vibrant neighborhoods in New Haven, Connecticut.

The executive director of 'r Kids Family Center, Randi Rubin Rodriguez, gave her talk and thus began my journey as a member of the Board of Directors.

As a father of an adopted son I was aware of the services the agency provided, but I had not experienced or felt the devotion and commitment of a small staff driven by their vision and determination until I became involved.

The news headlines of the day certainly do not speak to what so many individuals unselfishly provide for others and 'r Kids Family Center is one of those unsung agencies assisting others.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

" You guys have been very helpful to me and my son. 'r Kids is fun to be around"

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for 'r kids during the summer of 2011 and it was an enriching experience to say the least. As a college student studying psychology and interested in social work, I was hoping to learn more about family dynamics, the needs of the community, and case management. During my time there, I learned about this and much more. The entire 'r kids staff made me feel welcomed and a part of their committed team. 'r kids provided a warm, friendly, caring environment for both their clients and their workers. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to volunteer for a staff of individuals who are so dedicated to meeting the needs of so many children and families.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at 'r kids in Sept 2009 to June 2010 while going to school for my Masters in Social Work. I was welcomed with open arms on my very first day and quickly became a part of the 'r kids family. I learned so much from each of the case workers and worked with each one on different cases. I especially worked closely with Melanie who is such an inspiration when working with clients and being understanding toward their situation. Enna and Anushka were always a huge help when I was stumped and needed someone to run ideas by. Anne was always very supportive throughout my internship and made it comfortable to go to her for any issues. Being at 'r kids was such a great experience for me and I am always thankful that I was able to intern there. The ladies are so warm and caring and the agency is so family oriented that it just makes it so comfortable for families to go there for help. 'r kids always thinks of their clients first and always want to do the best for them all, even past clients. It was such an inspiration to be surrounded by all these ladies that are making such a difference in the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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