We are passionate about partnering with parents to problem solve, plan and effectively advocate on behalf of toddlers and students with special needs.
Saint Raphael is a parent-run and parent-centered company. We support students by partnering with their parents to advocate for individualized education plans (IEPs) with high expectations. Likewise we support toddlers by partnering with their parents to advocate for effective individual family services plans (IFSPs.) We also offer consultations on plans presently in place and collaborate on plan goals at team meetings.
Saint Raphael’s core mission is to alleviate pressure on parents by being a point of contact for special education questions and advocacy needs. We provide impartial information and custom advocacy services in an efficient manner, responding to the specific needs of the family while conserving precious down time for parents.
We strive for happy IFSP and IEP team meetings which can sometimes be a source of considerable stress for parents. We do this by working closely with parents to understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses and to be a compelling voice for the child at team meetings. We also work to ensure the plans put in place for the child are appropriately ambitious. We are committed to achieving these objectives through respectful dialogue and collaboration with team members.
Jennifer DiCarlo, JD – Founder / Advocate
Jen DiCarlo resides with her family in Saint Louis, Missouri. They are parishioners of Saint Anselm.
Prior to founding Saint Raphael, Jen DiCarlo worked as a lawyer in Rhode Island and as a special education teacher in New York City before settling into a claims counsel position in the insurance industry, a position she held for over a decade. In that capacity, Jen adjusted professional liability claims against school districts including special education due process hearing complaints. She also participated in numerous settlement conferences and mediations on behalf of their insurance carriers. As a result, Jen has particular insight into how school administrators resolve problems and reach decisions as well as knowledge as to special education best practices. A former teacher herself, Jen holds educators in high regard and to high standards.
Jen is also a parent who understands firsthand the challenges inherent in advocating for high stakes decisions concerning one’s child in a team setting. In this context, Jen found her professional background instructive at key crossroads, both in selecting the professionals for her son’s evaluations and care and in having the information necessary to make good decisions. Jen founded Saint Raphael to empower parents with a similar confidence to be proactive on behalf of their child.
EARLY INTERVENTION and SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY
We help prepare parents for team meetings – both IFSP meetings for children under three and IEP meetings with school districts for children three and older. Together we identify areas of concern and the best means to address them.
We also attend team meetings in person or remotely to advocate and collaborate on appropriate plan goals. Saint Raphael advocates as much for the parents as for the child.
St. Raphael offers advocacy of a non legal nature. Jennifer is not admitted in Missouri as an attorney and thus she is prohibited from the practice of law, such as offering legal advice or legal interpretations.
Saint Raphael connects parents to resources offered within the community including grants and private services. We will discuss every resource at the parents’ disposal to effectuate positive change for their child.
Saint Raphael offers consultations to parents of students in all settings including private schools..
Saint Raphael provides parent-as-advocate coaching / training and parent-led support groups.
2 Cityplace Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141