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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Permanency Story: Jay at Littleton Academy

Jay has been at Littleton Academy since August 2017, and was one of our first clients at the new program. At the outset of his stay, he was identified as needing a forever family. As many of our clients, Jay has experienced significant developmental trauma that has greatly impacted his day-to-day functioning. This was very apparent when he first came to us, and presented with numerous externalized behaviors because of the challenges he endured. Jay has been resilient in the face of his trauma, and has overcome challenges and made significant progress during his time here. Jay has learned regulation strategies and has developed positive social skills. He is a strong self advocate and shows natural leadership qualities. He is the first student to greet visitors, and shows his enthusiasm as soon as you meet him. He is an excellent ambassador for the program. As much as he is a client we would love to continue to work with, we are glad to see him move on, as his forever family has been identified. Jay was elated to get to know his current pre-adoptive foster family, who will be taking him home this summer. Jay knew his foster family before they were identified as a potential foster placement for him, as one of his foster parents works for the public school that Jay used to attend. It has been wonderful to see Jay continue to make progress, with the renewed goal of going home. Before his family was identified, Jay struggled to understand what it could mean to move on from Littleton Academy. Having been in residential care for nearly 2 years of his young childhood, Jay became accustomed to life in a program. After beginning home passes with his foster family, Jay began to understand what it might mean to live in a home again. He showed renewed motivation, interest, and excitement - and always looked forward to his visits. He grew more and more comfortable with his foster family, and they were elated to identify a discharge date for him to finally come home.

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