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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!