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Interested in becoming a foster parent? Read on ...........

Foster parenting can be a strenuous but rewarding experience for you and your family. One of life's greatest pleasures is seeing a child grow and progress while under your care and eventually either return to his/her parents when conditions have improved or become prepared for adoption.

In order to begin the application process, the following forms must be completed. 

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Foster care application (English and Spanish) - basic information about you and members of your household and family

Physician's Reference form, which permit DCYF to obtain health care information from your physicians. Please have each adult member of your household sign a separate form. Also, an Authorization to Obtain Confidential Information will need to be filled out.
NOTE: You do NOT need to give this form to your physician - your licensing worker will do this. If you have a physician who knows your medical history, he/she will probably not need to give you another physical examination in order to be able to fill out this form.

Fingerprinting affidavit, which you will receive when you go to the local or state police to be fingerprinted. More information on fingerprinting.

All of the above forms need to be mailed to:

Resource Family Division
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903

Your return of the application, medical release forms, and fingerprint affidavit will begin the process of licensing you for foster care. Read about the other steps involved here

We hope you will find the licensing process to be a learning experience. it is designed not just for the Department to find out about your ability to foster parent, but also for you to learn about DCYF, foster children and the role of foster parenting. By the end of the process, you should know whether or not you want to become a foster parent and what types of children will fit best in your family.

Please call our Resource Family team at 401-952-0262, if you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the RI DCYF Foster Parent Program.

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