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.

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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.

At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Matching caring people and safe homes with children and teens who need someone to support, nurture, and encourage them.
Age: birth through 21
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: unlimited
Let's Connect
Robert Costa
Program Director
132 South Main Street
Berkley, MA 02779
(508) 821-7774
Foster Hope... Foster Care

We at JRI's Foster Care Program are committed to ensuring that the unique gifts, talents, interests. and goals of our children are respected, supported, and nurtured. At the same time, we work to meet their physical and emotional needs. Sometimes, stressors within their own family such as neglect, domestic violence, abuse, or untreated mental illness may cause a child or teen to enter foster care. The children come to us feeling scared, sad, and confused. Our qualified and caring team of foster parents and staff help them feel safe and understood. We support the children through their grief and pain, and we guide them toward healing and hope.

JRI Foster Care
Listen and watch as these foster parents discuss their experiences with foster children. Also, hear from a former foster child, who was adopted into his forever home.

When children and teens come to us, we carefully match their needs with a foster family who has knowledge of and experience with those particular needs. In these safe and stable homes, healthy connections are formed. Children overcome their hardships, regain their confidence, and learn new life skills. We work together to help our children once again believe in themselves and in their futures.

Check out our foster care blog for great articles related to foster care.

Fill out the foster care interest form.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Stable homes nurture neglected children.

Compassionate homes mend painful pasts.

Caring homes heal broken hearts.

YOUR home can change the life of a child.

Contact us to learn how...

Fill out the foster care interest form.

Supporting Foster Parents

Taking Care of You as You Care for the Children

  • Generous monthly stipend
  • Weekly home visits
  • Monthly support groups with other foster families
  • Monthly educational training
  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Consultation with mental health and educational experts
  • Quarterly family-fun events
  • 5 paid vacation days per year
  • $500.00 sign-on bonus

Check out our foster care blog for great articles related to foster care.

Woman helping child
Being a foster mother is my calling. I was fostered when I was young; I knew that I wanted to help others. I am able to give back the love that was given to me.
foster parent for 10 years
Open Doors, Open Arms, Open Hearts

Our foster parents come the communities of Boston and throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. They are ordinary people with extraordinary compassion, optimism, and commitment. They care for, advocate for, and cheer for the children. They are vital members of a team made up of staff, biological families, other foster parents, professionals, and the community. Through this collaboration, children have the chance to be heard, for their needs to be met, and for their hopes, dreams, and goals to be a priority.


Request More Information

For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above.

Please note that this form is not HIPAA compliant.  We urge you not to include protected health information.