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


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

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Some days being a parent is really hard.
"Some days I feel like I could use some help"
Do you need help?
"My daughter stays in her room and is sad all the time"
DCYF can help.
"I just want to have everything my children need"
"My son won't go to school because he's being bullied"
We can help!
Our community partners have a wide array of affordable supports and services

The Family Care Community Partnership brings community-based service providers, family members and friends
together to build a stronger, brighter future for your family. After meeting with you to assess your needs, the
Family Care Community Partnership puts you, the family, in the center and wraps you with the right local
services, community programs and family members and friends in an effort to craft an individualized plan.

"The Family Care Community Partnership provides us with guidance, and we, as the family,
have the strongest voice at the table and the power to turn our difficulties into opportunities."

Please take a moment to view three families share how their lives were changed for the best by the FCCP's:
See how DCYF & FCCP Helps
I Love My Child.

Are you looking for something fun and free to do with your family?

What's New

* 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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