The Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) Licensing Unit, per Rhode Island General Law 42-72.1-3, ensures that facilities where children are cared for meet state requirements; respond to concerns about a particular facility; and accept application requests for foster care and child care.
- Application Form
- Foster Care Overview
- Physician Release Form
- Regulations Guidance Document
For additional information about Foster Care Licensing, call 401-528-3606
Licensed foster parents with questions or complaints can contact the Foster Care Liaison at 401-528-3783
For information on licensing group homes, emergency shelters and long-term, residential care facilities for children and youth, call 401-528-3623
- Child Care Overview
- Family Child Care Home (Spanish)
- Group Family Care Home (Spanish)
- Child Care Center
- Child Care Center - (School Age)
For additional information about licensing child care homes and centers, call 401-528-3624 (English) or 401-528-3621 (Spanish)
NOTE: Child Care Centers are prohibited from using or having on their premises an unsafe children's product as defined in Chapter 23-75 of the General Laws of RI.
Information on unsafe child product's can be found on the RI Department of Health's website.