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Welcome to the Rhode Island
Department of Children, Youth and Families Website. 

Please click here for a press release and immediate action plan in response to a report from the Office of the Child Advocate.

Recent changes to Health and Safety of Pupils Act (Rhode Island General Law §16-21-36), a law recently amended by the General Assembly, now requires all public and private schools to post a notice about the statewide, toll-free hotline established and implemented by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) for the receipt of reports concerning the suspicion of child abuse and neglect or that a child has been a victim of sexual abuse by another child. The posters can be downloaded and printed in English and Spanish. The notice must be posted in a conspicuous, high-traffic area accessed and widely used by the students in each school.

April 4, 2017: DCYF is issuing public notice about the recent near fatality of a child.

DCYF is issuing public notice about the recent near fatality of a child.

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 23-24.6 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, as amended, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 42-35 of the General Laws, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) hereby gives advance notice of its intent to repeal the School Age Child Care Program Regulations for Licensure and the Child Care Program Regulations for Licensure and adopt the Child Care Center and School Age Program Regulations.

The proposed regulations can be viewed by clicking here RI DCYF Child Care Center and School Age Program Regulations for Licensure Public Draft.

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments and to participate in a survey (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3318909/Feedback-on-the-draft-Child-Care-Regulations-for-Licensure) concerning the proposed regulations by the end of the comment period. The comment period will end at the close of business on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.

For more information, please click here Public_Advance_Notice_of_Rulemaking_Child_Care_Regs.

Governor Raimondo is happy to announce the selection of Dr. Trista Piccola as the next Director of DCYF. Please click here for a press release about the announcement and here for more information about Dr. Piccola.

* Click the following links to view the Title IV-B FFY 2017 Annual Progress and Services Report with Appendix A, Appendix B, and Appendix C.

* Click the link to review the Recruitment, Development, and Support (RDS) Provider Summit PowerPoint presentation and the RDS Summit Report.

* Click the link to view the Annual Report of Sexual Abuse and/or Sexual Harassment within Rhode Island Juvenile Justice Facilities Covered Under the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Some days good families can have bad days.
You don't need to have bad days alone.


Please click the links below to see how three families benefited from our community programs.
Stephanie's Story

Our community partners have a wide array of affordable supports and services

To find help near you, go to Family Care Community Partnership

Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth & Families recently held a public summit on its strategy to procure a comprehensive array of services that improves long term outcomes for children and families. View the information and material from the summit.

What's New

* Justification letter for Emergency Revision of Foster Care and Adoption Regulation


* The Department of Children, Youth and Families has an approved Title IV-B Child Family Services Plan for the next four years. Please click the link to view the CFSP for 2015-2019.

* There have been many accomplishments during these past few years that have made a difference in the lives of our children and families. Please click the link to view these accomplishments.


* To obtain information on the Child Care Program Variance Process, please access the Publications page from the link on the righthand side bar. The information is located under the Child Care Regulations category.


* The Department of Children, Youth and Families has been working with the Center for Health Care Strategies on Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medication among Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Quality Improvement Collaborative. The focus of the collaborative is to ensure the appropriate use of psychotropic medication for children in foster care.

One of the state goals for this initiative is to implement a psychotropic medication consent process that utilizes medical expertise from a consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist. To achieve this goal, the department has established a psychotropic medication review plan. The plan requires a department administrator to review and approve the use of these medications. Providers/Clinicians are required to submit a Request for Administrator Authorization form to obtain approval for youth who are in the guardianship of the department.

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