Young Parents Support Program | Justice Resource Institute

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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.

Services

Young Parents Support Program

The Young Parents Support Program is a free and confidential community outreach program for pregnant or parenting young persons. Strength-based case management is offered in a home-based environment.

Young Parent Support Group
At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: The Young Parents Support Program is dedicated to providing family life and parenting education to those in need in the community setting. Referrals to specialists, housing assistance, parenting groups, employment advice and assistance offered.
Age: up to age 25
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Let's Connect
Deborah Cosgrove
Program Director
167 Maple Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
(508) 223-4135
Toni Cunha
Case Manager
167 Maple Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
(508) 223-4135 ext. 2004
Community Ties

The Young Parents Support Program partners with several community networks including WIC, DTA, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Southeast Behavioral and Trauma Center, Attleboro Career Center, Attleboro Family Planning, New Hope, and Healthy Families.

Goals

To reduce repeat pregnancy
To improve parent-child interaction and bonding
To decrease incidences of abuse and neglect
To build self-sufficiency skills
To improve overall health and well-being of young families

Purpose

A pregnant or parenting young adult faces many new decisions. Challenged by a new and unfamiliar lifestyle, parents are sometimes overwhelmed and in need of direct support. Young Parents Support provides a non-judgmental, trauma-informed approach to help these parents meet challenges.

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