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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Foster Care

Mission: The 'r kids Family Center mission is permanency, safety and stability for vulnerable children and their 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.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

'r kids is great and the staff is amazing. They continue to above and beyond to make sure the children and families they serve are comfortable, loved, and protected.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

‘r kids has a special place in heart. The family center’s dedication and respect to the families they serve is extremely special. I am so honored to have worked for an amazing family center who is truly an asset to the communities they support. Working for ‘r kids, I had the opportunity to learn so much from the highly skilled and talented staff with extensive experience. This family center truly carries their mission forward in everything they do!
Thank you ‘r kids Family Center, for all the love and support you have provided me as a Social Work Case Manager. I will never forget everything I have learned and I look forward in hearing about the expansion of the agency once you move into your new building!
Many thanks!
Addy G

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

'r kids is an amazing organization to work with and for. The families served benefit tremendously from the hard work provided by all staff members at 'r kids. 'r Kids' statistics speak for themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rkids was wonderful during the reunification process with are family. Courtney was very helpful understanding and kind.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to RKids in a time of need and my worker went out of her way to make my family and I feel comfortable and to not to be afraid. We enjoyed the services that were given to us as it helped us grow as individuals and as a family. I got complete support and I recommend anyone else that might need help or services from RKids to definitely use them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to thank you all for the years of working together. You all became special in different ways. Each one of you have impacted me in a positive way. Please express my sincere thanks to each and every one of you. You all will be missed. R kids prepared me for my new adventure as a DCF worker.
Alex

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience here with R Kids was truly amazing, Courtney Robinson made being a student enjoyable. She brought a lot of knowledge and excitement to the class. I was able to learn and apply skills to my children ages 3 and 2. This class has shed how important it is to ensure I pay attention to learning and my children's abilities to communicate as well as proper ways to offer positive reinforcement. I would recommend this program to all women who have children at all ages

Client Served

Rating: 5

I must say that r kids really was a big help on uniting me and my daughter, and i would highly recamond r kids to any family in need. I will miss tonice williams, mirian, and.Courtney thanks to all of them im with my beautiful daughter Amanda.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been receiving services through r kids for some time now and I must say it has been the best resource I've had since I've been going through reunification. Courtney and Alex have helped me along my journey and I thank them both for everything they have done for me and my children. R kids is a truly amazing resource and I would recommend it to anyone going through reunification.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rkids is the best the staff there is very supportive ..especially courtney and cindy they have helped me very much in the transitions of getting my children back.. I would recommend rkids 100% ..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a father of a teenage son who worked for two summers at 'r kids Family Center, I was very impressed by the wonderful work that 'r kids does in providing a broad range of critically-needed services to vulnerable children and their families. It was a great experience for my sensitive, caring son to assist and learn what he could from Director Randi Rubin Rodriguez and her fine staff. Both he and I found them to be a very kind-hearted, talented group of professionals who deeply care and work hard to help families in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had two foster children in this after-school program this year. Not only did the kids get help with homework , do projects to help them through the difficult transition they were experiencing they also took them to their first play and first visit to the state capital amongst other great opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our girls enjoyed the program, especially during the Christmas program when they had their pictures taken, Santa came and the steel drum band.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The after school program has help my kids to feel that they are a part of something with kids in which they can relate to. My kids have grown to be confident and also speak her mind on what she believe is right. The kids have a great relationship with the staff in the after school program and the kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved the afterschool program. The afterschool program helped my child with her academics and how to be more social with people. Ms. Martinez

Client Served

Rating: 5

The afterschool was a great program...It really help Alex in so many ways...More kids need the program...I would even volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program...It really help Alex in so many ways...More kids need the program...I would even volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel the afterschool program help my child and myself. Before attending the program my child use to be very angry and now I see an improvement in her. My child was able to be open with Ms.Courtney and she would come home feeling better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the afterschoolprogram and love the attention Miss.Courtney gives to the children and parents . please dont stop.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The afterschool program has helped my child to be successful academically. My child is now working above her academics and social expectations. I will recommend this afterschool program to everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a care manager for a local agency RKIDS has been supportive to my client, foster parents, and to me as well. The staff are consistent, well-educated, and prepared to deal with the challenges of foster youth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a social worker and a therapeutic level foster parent who had the opportunity to work RKids for my 15 y/o foster child. They provided excellent support and after school services that was effective in meeting my child's specialized needs. The girls group was successful in teaching my youth how to socialize with peers and share her trauma story in a safe environment through creative activities. This became a nice spring board for her as she journeyed to her level of treatment!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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!! "

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Sonia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

'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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having my children removed from my care temporarily, was the most frightening experience of my life. Ive heard the saying "blessing in disguise" before, but never truly experienced it quite like this.While it was a dificult situation, it is what brought 'r kids Family Center into the lives of my family and I. And, we are blessed to have had their services in our home! To this very day, we still use advice, resources and information provided by our 'r kids worker and the 'r kids orginization. It is my hope that they will continue to be around for many, many more years to help the countless amounts of families that will also gain such a wonderful experience as we did.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at 'r kids as a student intern this past semester. I was immediately welcomed into the 'r kids family from the first day I arrived! I was able to help out with office tasks as well as with a small parenting group for mothers and children. I gained great insights into the world of social work and the operation of a non-profit that has greatly informed my career intentions, and also made many friends with the awesome 'r kids staff!