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.
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.