Foster Care/Kinship Care

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Children and youth who have alternative living arrangements in agency-supervised private family homes or group homes due to social, physical or emotional problems or those of another family member. (Adapted from Foster Children)(For Kinship Adoption see Adoption Services)

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Local Service
Statewide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth, or service at a satellite office.
Nationwide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth or services at a regional/national headquarters location.
Main Office
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300
Address:
Main Office
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300
Services Provided:

Children's Friend & Service has extensive programs to support families in Rhode Island. Please see website for details. 
Programs include:
Early Head Start
Head Start
Child Care

Adoption Support and Preservation
Foster Care
Fatherhood Initiatives
Provider of Family Care Community Partnerships FCCP

Home Visiting Programs including:

First Connections
First Connections at Children’s Friend provides free, voluntary, confidential home visits in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence to pregnant women and families with young children, birth to age three.
Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services. The program pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns with a Family Support Worker, who provides home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s fourth birthday.

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services to expectant first-time mothers and then their newborns. The program pairs expectant mothers with a registered nurse, who provides intensive home visiting services to the mother and her child until the child’s second birthday.

Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program

WIC offices have temporarily moved to 153 Summer Street in Providence. Please call ahead to check hours. 401.752.7781 

Early Intervention at Children's Friend is listed separately in the directory. 

Provider Profiles:

Children's Friend provides a comprehensive array of social services that strengthen families, are culturally relevant and support the healthy development of children.
Across Rhode Island, our staff provides services to help over 31,488 individuals annually.
Sites in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls, we provide a broad array of services for children and families.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
Statewide Provider
The Groden Network Administration
610 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310
Statewide Provider
Organization Name: The Groden Network, Inc.
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Address:
The Groden Network Administration
610 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310
Services Provided:

The Groden Center provides an array of services from infants to adults
The children's programs include:

  • Family Services link including  Community and Home Based Therapy Services (HBTS), Personal Assistance Services and Supports (PASS) and Respite.
  • Full service and Early Intervention Programs listed in a separate directory listing
  • Preschool Program and Special Education School link
  • Treatment Foster Care link
  • Social Skills classes
     

 Adult programing is also available on Massachusetts and Rhode Island link

  • Community Supports
  • Consultation Services
  • Vocational Training
  • Day and Residential programs
Provider Profiles:

The Groden Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:

• Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;

• Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;

• Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/25/2021
134 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-519-2280
Organization Name: Family Service of Rhode Island
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Address:
134 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-519-2280
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Eligibility: Serving Residents of Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cranston. Eligibility requirements depends on the program, contact main number.
Services Provided: Services and Programs include:
Early Intervention-listed independently
Trauma Informed Treatment
Outpatient Counseling for adults, children and Families
School based Counseling in Providence Schools
Walking School Bus
Home visiting programs First Connections and Healthy Families Rhode Island(part of Healthy Families America) [https://www.familyserviceri.org/pre-natal-early-childhood-support]

Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCP) Serving families with children under age 18 (up to 21 in certain cases) at risk of involvement with the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Family Service of Rhode Island leads a six-agency partnership providing wraparound services to families in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence. Family Service of Rhode Island is a member of the Washington Kent FCCP serving Washington and Kent Counties. To contact: (401) 789-3016.

Family Coaching and Visitation Center Providing coaching and supervised visitation for children and families who have suffered maltreatment. Families learn new relationship skills in the context of a home environment. Parent education groups and parent-child play groups are offered. Referrals through DCYF.
Provider Profiles: Family Service of Rhode Island is one of the oldest and largest non-profit human service agencies in Rhode Island.There are a number of locations and programs. See website for specific information.

Offices are located in Providence, with children's residential treatment facilities in Smithfield, North Smithfield, and East Providence.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/28/2020
Statewide Provider
Crisis Line: 800-742-4453
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3500
Statewide Provider
Organization Name: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
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Crisis Line: 800-742-4453
Address:
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3500
Services Provided:

Foster Care and Adoption Information

The goal of foster care is to safely reunite children with their birth families whenever possible. When reunification is not possible, DCYF works with its partner agencies to match a child with an adoptive family. Many children who are adopted from foster care find their “forever families” in the homes of their foster parents.

Child Protective Services Information

CPS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Investigators receive and screen reports of suspected abuse and neglect on the Department’s hotline (1-800-RI-CHILD) and conduct associated investigations, as needed.

Family Service Unit Information

The Family Service Units division (FSU) of the Department becomes involved with families after a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation has been conducted and a determination made that services are needed to address abuse, neglect, or dependency within the family.

Division of Community Services and Behavioral Health Information

Community Services & Behavioral Health (CSBH) is responsible for developing a continuum of care for children's behavioral health services that supports children to live in family settings. CSBH encourages services to prevent hospitalization and reviews services to ensure proper matching of services to needs and to improve the quality of and access to services.

Family Care Community Partnerships FCCP

The Department recognizes that all families struggle from time to time and need supports they can turn to when they need assistance. These supports range from basic needs to bridging family rifts with the over-arching goal to increase the overall well-being of families. 
Our FCCP agencies, part of DCYF's network of prevention-focused providers, brings community-based services to children and families to build a stronger, brighter futures. 

Juvenile Corrective Services Information

The Division of Juvenile Corrections consists of the Rhode Island Training School and the Office of Juvenile Probation. The Division of Juvenile Corrections promotes the rehabilitation of youth through a continuum of flexible, innovative, and effective programs for male and female youth. The Division of Juvenile Corrections strives to promote positive outcomes for youth and to reduce recidivism for youth within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Licensing Information

The Department of Children, Youth and Families is charged, under RI General Law §42-72.1, with the licensing, monitoring and enforcement of regulations in all foster homes, residential facilities, and for agencies who place children

Provider Profiles:

The Department of Children, Youth and Families is the state child welfare, children's mental health and juvenile corrections services agency which promotes safety, permanence, and well-being of children through partnerships with family, community, and government.

Mission: Partner with families and communities to raise safe and healthy children and youth in a caring environment.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/28/2022
55 South Brow Street
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-438-3900
Address:
55 South Brow Street
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-438-3900
Services Provided:

Adult Education

Summer Camp Grant link

Storefront Supplies

Programs for youth:

Provider Profiles:

Foster Forward (formerly the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children, young adults, and families whose lives have been impacted by foster care.
Through a wide range of innovative programs and services, we prepare foster children and teens to live independently and empower them to become successful adults. We assist foster families as they navigate the child welfare system and manage the health and well-being of children in their care. And we implement data-driven practices to improve outcomes for our clients—and for foster children and families nationwide.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/22/2021
Statewide Provider
139 Ocean Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-481-5483
Statewide Provider
Organization Name: The Village for RI Foster and Adoptive Families
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Address:
139 Ocean Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-481-5483
Services Provided: Support Groups
The Village currently offers two support groups for foster and adoptive families.
The Peer Support Group is an adult only group. This provides an opportunity for the parent to get out and meet other foster and adoptive parents, to relax and be able to share freely in a non-judgement zone.
The Kinship Care Support Group
For this group, childcare is provided, and kinship caregivers can meet others facing some of the same joys and challenges.

Peer Mentoring
For those who need ongoing or on the spot assistance and answers, the Village offers peer mentoring. A new or experienced foster and/or adoptive parent can be assigned a mentor who has faced similar challenges.

The Open Closet is a service to help resource families find needed items such as clothes, equipment, diapers, books and toys. The Open Closet items are provided through donations and contain both new and gently used items. Open Closet hours are available by appointment.
Provider Profiles: The Village was incorporated in March 2016 as RI’s only foster and adoptive family founded and governed support organization.

The Mission of the Village is to contribute to the development and maintenance of a robust network of healthy, committed, and well trained resource families for children in RI needing out of home care.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/31/2019
294 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-214-4960
Organization Name: Boys Town
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Address:
294 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-214-4960
Fax: 401-214-4998
Services Provided:
  • Boys Town Family Home
  • Foster Family Services
  • In Home Family Services
  • Community Support Services
  • Parenting Classes currently offered virtually link 

National Crisis Hotline 800-448-3000

Provider Profiles:

Boys Town New England has brought life-changing care to tens of thousands of children and families in Rhode Island and surrounding states.

Boys Town New England has four Family Homes that serve adolescents and young children at its Bazarsky Campus. The site also offers Foster Family Services®, In-Home Family Services® and Community Support Services®. For children who have completed Boys Town New England out-of-home programs, Reunification Services are available to help them make a smooth transition back to their families and maintain and improve their treatment gains.

Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 7/26/2021
Statewide Provider
1229 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-954-9163
Statewide Provider
Organization Name: Grands Flourish, Inc
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Address:
1229 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-954-9163
Email: mandreozzi@grandsflourish.org
Services Provided:

A grandparent’s hub, a place where grandparents can connect to community, share their stories, engage in support groups, learn about resources and celebrate successes.

Resources

  • Foster & Kinship Care
  • Family & Legal Court
  • Housing-Lead
  • Parenting and Child Safety
  • Wellness & Substance Use

A Grand Space Workshops virtual support groups

Provider Profiles:

Mission – Our mission is to inspire, empower and preserve grand families by supporting grandparents raising grandchildren impacted by substance use disorder and other traumas to navigate systems and reduce barriers fostering success in their new role as caregivers.
Grands Flourish, Inc is a nonprofit organization that provides supports, services and other resources to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Grands Flourish Inc., is Rhode Island’s only nonprofit organization supporting grandparents raising grandchildren.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/25/2020
610 Manton Ave
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310
Organization Name: The Groden Network
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Address:
610 Manton Ave
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310
Fax: 401-421-2152
Service Categories:
Eligibility: The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) can make a referral to PFLA to place a child or adolescent in a specialized foster home.
Services Provided: Professional Family Living Arrangement (PFLA) is a treatment
foster care program with a mission to keep children and adolescents
in a less-restrictive home setting while working to achieve an
individual’s full potential. [https://grodennetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/pfla-fact-sheet.pdf]
Services include: Interdisciplinary treatment planning that includes the PFLA
team, the child/adolescent and family, the referring agency,
and other involved community providers
• Clinical case management and behavioral programming
• Coordination with the individual’s educational program
• PFLA provider training
• Respite care
• Family visitation and training that emphasizes a “parent to
parent” model
• Permanency planning
• Professional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Provider Profiles: The Groden Network’s mission is to support children and adults with autism, and other developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:
Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;
Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;
Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children.

For additional information, please contact Andrea Neri, PFLA Program Coordinator, at 401-274-6310 x1259 or aneri@grodencenter.org
Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 10/1/2019
1268 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-781-3669
Organization Name: Child and Family
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Address:
1268 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-781-3669
Email: mbrennan@childandfamilyri.org
Services Provided:

Child and Family Counseling Services link

Family Centered Treatment link

Foster Care Program link

Enhanced Family Support Services link

Addiction and Recovery Services link

Family Care Community Partnerships FCCP

Provider Profiles:

Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.  It is a center for community involvement – a place where people come together to give help, to receive help and to support the work of others. With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family provides important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders throughout Rhode Island each year.

Middletown location

31 John Clarke Road
Middletown, RI 02842
T | 401-849-2300
F | 401-841-8841

Additional lead agencies for the Family Care Community Partnership 

Community Care Alliance Northern Rhode Island

Communities for People East Urban Core

Family Service West Urban Core

Child and Family East Bay

Tri-County Community Action Kent/Washington County

Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
Nationwide Provider
2001 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-282-7300
Nationwide Provider
Address:
2001 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-282-7300
Fax: 206-282-3555
Email: cls@casey.org
Eligibility: Resources to help prepare youths for living on their own.
Services Provided:

Consulting: Ongoing strategic consultation at no cost to child welfare systems and tribes.

Public Policy: Comprehensive child welfare information to support policymakers

Research and Analysis: Information to support decision-making, bolster system integration, build capacity, and support sustainability.

Casey Life Skills: Free practice tool and framework for working with youth in foster care. It assesses independent living skills and provides results instantly. Intended to be done between a youth and their social worker, case manger, or other mentor.

Direct Services: Operates nine field offices in five states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington) that provide direct services to urgan, suburban, and rural communities.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 9/4/2020
Nationwide Provider
14508 Owen-Tech Boulevard, #129
Austin, TX 78728
Phone: 800-557-5238
Nationwide Provider
Address:
14508 Owen-Tech Boulevard, #129
Austin, TX 78728
Phone: 800-557-5238
Fax: 888-925-5634
Email: Info@NFPAonline.org
Eligibility: Open to all.
Services Provided:

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) is a non-profit organization established in 1972 to address the concerns of several independent groups of foster parents and child welfare professionals to provide foster families with opportunities for advocacy, networking, and education.

Primary Activities:

  • Promote the delivery of services and supports to foster families
  • Support quality foster care by promoting excellence and best practice
  • Provide services and supports to state and local foster parent associations
  • Develop and provide education and training, information, dissemination of information to the public
  • Advocate at the local, state and national level; promote networking and collaboration
  • Promote positive image of family foster care; greater visibility; encourage active involvement
Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 9/4/2020