'r kids Family Center

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

'r kids has vast knowledge and appreciation of diverse cultures. This is very important in dealing with people from various cultures and races. It feels good to be understood and your belief system appreciated and respected. My family was treated with courtesy and professionalism. My case worker, Anne, was very helpful with the adoption of my daughter. Overall my experience with ‘k kids has been a very pleasant one. I will recommend ‘r kids to any and everybody!

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned at `R Kids family Center this past academic year in pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I remember my first day and I was greeted by worker Anushka Saadat. She was eager to explain to me her role as a social worker and the different types of service programs that r Kids provided to children and families. Furthermore, sharing an office with workers; Melanie Vitelli and Steve Ingram was an inspiration. They were always there for me, whenever I felt inadequate in my learning. Melanie would always say, “Your doing fine Court!” Steve stated, “You’re our hardest working intern yet!” Then having worker, Enna Garcia next door to us was a treat! She exposed me into learning how to work with children with multiple mental diagnoses and the importance of active listening. However, as a student and wanting to; embrace my passion in working with children and families, I felt that prominent supervision was to the key and I received just that!! So, I bow and commend Anne Steers for her; instruction, leadership, and having a listening ear when I needed, despite her busy schedule. Also, for entrusting me with some of the most challenging cases. As a student and juggling a lot: when I entered the Center, Cindy Fernandez would always put a smile on my face; by greeting with such warmth and compassion. Finally, to the founder and visionary, Mrs. Randi-Rubin Rodriguez, I commend you and thank you for allowing me to become a part of this small, but powerful organization. `r Kids Family Center doesn’t just fulfill its mission, but also gives hope and life to children and families in the city of New Haven.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to know ‘r kids Family Center after being referred for Parenting Classes after my daughter was removed from my home. I credit 'r kids Family Center and my Social Worker, Steve, for learning new parenting skills to apply to my everyday life with my daughter Mikela. Sometimes she asks me question that are a little tough to answer I often turn to 'r kids for advice on how to handle these types of questions. It was a long journey toward reunifying with my daughter, but the outcome has been worth it. I would like people to know that I cannot thank 'r kids enough for their help. I have become a more nurturing and patient parent. I know Steve and the staff at 'r kids are always there to help me over the little bumps in the road.

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 am so very grateful to the people of 'r kids. I adopted my beautiful son through this organization. Everyone there was so extremely helpful throughout the entire adoption process which has been, by far, the most incredible and beautiful experience of my life. The workers at 'r kids were always very kind and warm. They work hard, are very compassionate and clearly care so much about helping others. I give my eternal thanks to the people of 'r kids.

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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