'r Kids Family Center
Rating: 5 stars 13 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 45 Dixwell Ave New Haven CT 06511 USA
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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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.
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