Department of Children, Youth and Families Website.
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.
Department of Children Youth and Families 2015
Holiday Gift Campaign
Holidays are a great time for children and families. But not every child in Rhode Island will be with their families this Holiday season.
For the past 20 years, DCYF and our community partners, Foster Forward and Adoption Rhode Island, have endeavored to make the Holiday season special for children in our care and custody, and for families who are DCYF-involved but may be facing challenges. Our goal is for each child to have a meaningful Holiday experience, whether that child is at home, in foster, adoptive, or residential care, or is living independently and getting ready to transition to adulthood.
If you or your organization would like to assist children and families involved with DCYF
this Holiday season, please consider one of the following options:
Adopt a Family
More than half of the children in DCYF's legal care and custody live with their parents as we work together to address their challenges. There are multiple ways to help fulfill a family's "wish list" by being matched with a family-in-care and providing unwrapped gifts and/or gift cards.
You may directly contact DCYF units within your region, below:
|Providence||101 Friendship Street,Providence||Jane Ahles (401) 528-3985|
|East Bay||530 Wood Street, Bristol||Flo Ryan (401) 254-7060
|South County||4808 Tower Hill Rd. Wakefield||Heidi Reardon 792-5084|
|Northern RI||101 Friendship St., Providence||Valerie Angelone 528-3602
|Developmental Disabilities||101 Friendship St., Providence||Janice Bijesse 528-3982
|Juvenile Probation||Bridget Sarlo 462-6603|
Adopt a Child
"Adopt" one or more children living in a group home and fulfill their wish lists. You will be matched with a group home that will provide their ages, interests and wish lists. Contact Christina Jagolinzer at (401) 438-3900, Ext. 128 or Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.fosterforward.net
"Adopt" an adoptive child/child registered for adoption/or a family-in-need. Unwrapped gifts for younger children and gift cards for the older children through age 18 would be greatly appreciated. Or, you may choose to be matched with a "wish list" from many of our youth. If you or an organization you know of would like to help making wishes come true, go to http://adoptionri.org/all-news/upcoming-events
Foster Forward is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering lives impacted
by foster care. We work collaboratively with DCYF to provide programs and resources for
children and youth in foster care, young adults who have aged out of the system and foster
families who care for these vulnerable children.
Adoption Rhode Island is a private nonprofit agency dedicated to finding
families for children in RI state care and supporting those children and families both
pre and post adoption. Our mission to facilitate, promote, and support the permanent
placement of children waiting for adoption and to improve the well-being of foster and
adopted children and their families. We provide services to children and families, educate
and advocate for a child's right to a safe environment, and increase public awareness of
the unmet needs of children and families impacted by foster care and adoption.
May is National Foster Care Month, and we hope you will take a few moments to learn about foster parenting and about some of the families who step forward to care for the most vulnerable children and youth in our communities.
There is no service more noble or more important than opening your heart and your home to a child in need. There are many ways to support foster care: you can become a foster parent, mentor young people who have been separated from their biological parents, or volunteer in a variety of other ways. Meet the Links Family
"My son won't go to school because he's being bullied"
I Love My Child.
* 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
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.