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Becoming a Resource (Foster/Adoptive) Family

Thank you for your interest in the children in our care.

There are hundreds of children in Rhode Island being served by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) who cannot safely live with their own families due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In order for these children to thrive, they need to be with a safe, loving family—sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently.

Foster parents are DCYF's major resource for children who need to be placed outside of their homes. Often foster parents are relative (kinship) caregivers or have a prior relationship with the child in their care, and sometimes children are placed with adults in Rhode Island who get a license to serve as foster parents.

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.

We often refer to our foster and adoptive families as “resource families”.

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