Foster Care/Kinship Care

Provide Feedback

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 Adoption Services.)

Main Office
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300
Service Categories:
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
The Groden Network Administration
610 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310
Service Categories:
Organization Name: The Groden Network, Inc.
(Show others in Organization)
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
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Family Service of Rhode Island
(Show others in Organization)
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
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3500
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
(Show others in Organization)
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.

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: 2/22/2021
115 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-467-0701
Service Categories:
Address:
115 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-467-0701
Services Provided:

AS220 Youth is a free arts education program for young people ages 14-21, with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state. 

AS220 Youth Studio is closed at this time due to pandemic. Information 

Provider Profiles:

AS220 Youth is a nationally recognized, award-winning after-school educational program and creative incubator for young people. Serving young people ages 14-21 with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state, the program strives to dismantle the pipeline to prison by empowering  at-risk, beyond-risk and incarcerated youth through arts, culture and collective action.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/14/2021
55 South Brow Street
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-438-3900
Service Categories:
Address:
55 South Brow Street
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-438-3900
Services Provided:

Adult Education

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: 11/25/2020
139 Ocean Ave
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-481-5483
Service Categories:
Organization Name: The Village for RI Foster and Adoptive Families
(Show others in Organization)
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 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-214-4960
Service Categories:
Address:
294 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-214-4960
Fax: 401-214-4998
Services Provided: Boys Town Family Homes
Foster Family Services
In Home Support
Parenting Classes [https://www.boystown.org/parenting/Pages/common-sense-parenting.aspx]
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.

These services and programs touch the lives of 8,000 children and families in New England each year.
National Boys Town Hotline 1-800-448-3000
Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 8/31/2018
1229 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-954-9163
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Grands Flourish, Inc
(Show others in Organization)
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
Service Categories:
Organization Name: The Groden Network
(Show others in Organization)
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
2001 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2700
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-282-7300
Service Categories:
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
14508 Owen-Tech Boulevard, #129
Austin, TX 78728
Phone: 800-557-5238
Service Categories:
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