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Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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.

Foster Care & Childhood Services

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JRI provides intensive foster care services, adoption supports, after-school supports, and early-childhood training and consultation for families seeking supports around safety, healthy development, and long-term success for their child. Our programs provide youth and families with environments of safety and care that aim to enhance stability and long-term success, through both foster care, adoption supports, and training opportunities. Our after-school programs provide children with safe, therapeutic environments to practice social skills and learn skills for long-term emotional success. In addition, we provide training and consultation opportunities for childcare providers. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster care parent, or are interested in hearing more about these services, please follow the links below. Or, if it's easier, contact our Service Navigator at (781) 559-4745. 

These services might be right for you if
You are interested in becoming a foster parent.
You or your child is seeking foster care.
You or your child is interested in adoption.
You (parent or child care provider) is interested in early-childhood training and support.
Your child is struggling emotionally or witih mental health issues and needs a safe, theraputice after-school environment.

First Connections

Our mission at First Connections is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

Early Childhood Training and Consultation

Early Childhood Training and Consultation (ECTC) is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of early childhood, mental health, education, and special education professionals who partner with childcare programs and families to support the healthy development of young children. ECTC professionals provide training and consultation to childcare programs, providers, and families with children ages birth through 14.

Foster Care

Our foster care program is rooted in the principle that every child deserves to feel safe, to be nurtured, and to thrive. Our foster families and staff are committed to maximizing each child's potential within our stable and loving foster homes.

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