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children's building blocks pictureThe Licensing Units ensure 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.

Listing of Adoption and Foster Care Information Nights is now available.

Foster Care

Foster Care Recruitment - for individuals and families interested in fostering.  For more information, call 401-528-3700.

Foster Care Liaison - for licensed foster parents with questions or complaints.  For more information, call 401-528-3783.

Foster Care Licensing- licenses foster homes.  For more information, call 401-528-3606.

Residential Facilities

Residential Facilities - licenses group homes, emergency shelters and long-term, residential care facilities for children and youth. for more information, call 401-528-3623.


The Adoption and Foster Care Preparation and Support Unit recruits, trains and assesses families who are interested in providing a home for children waiting for permanent families. Call 401-528-3483 for more information.

Child Care

Child Care Licensing - licenses child care homes and centers.  For more information, 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.

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Child Placing regulations

DCYF Residential Child Care regulations

DCYF #203, Physical, Mechanical and Chemical Restraint and Seclusion Report - form

Program Monitoring Review - form

Information on unsafe child product's can be found on the RI Department of Health's website.

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