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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Services

Pathways to Permanency

The Pathways to Permanency Program (P2P) offers services to help provide adoptive and foster families with a nurturing and stable environment.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: To strengthen and support families in providing foster and adoptive children with a nurturing and stable home environment
Gender: All
Age: All
Let's Connect
Rona Sandberg, LICSW
Program Director
The Trauma Center
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Metrowest Behavioral Health Center
380 Massachusetts Avenue
Acton, MA 01720
(617) 232-1303
Approach

The P2P model of service centers on taking into account the specific needs of foster/adoptive children and their families as well as the overarching impact of trauma. These services are provided by clinicians with extensive experience working with childhood trauma and foster care and adoption related issues. Consultation services are flexible and developed around the specific needs of each family.

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Caregiver Consultation Services

Our caregiver consultation services may be used to assist families with:
• Determining whether becoming a foster or adoptive parent is right for your family.
• Deciding whether a specific child placement is a good match for your family.
• Parenting a child with a history of trauma.
• Managing the complexities of relationships with birth families, service providers, and previous caregivers.
• Preparing siblings for the arrival of a new foster or adoptive child and/or addressing challenges that may arise between siblings.
• Developing trauma-informed strategies for managing difficult behavior.

 

Specialized Support Services

Specialized support services may be provided in the context of family consultation including:
• Supporting a child and family with the transitions from a residential placement to a foster/pre-adoptive home or foster home to a pre-adoptive home.
• Supporting reunification of child/children from foster or residential care back to the birth family.
• Working with siblings who are being reunited.
• Enhancing bonding and attachment between caregivers and their children.

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.

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