Tax Guidance for Foster Families
Below, please find tax guidance for foster families per the 2019 tax year:
Foster Care Update
On December 11, 2019, the letter below was sent to all private agency foster families about upcoming changes to our foster care system.
Below, is joint guidance document for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 DCYF developed with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and other educational partners. Also provided, is the transportation guidance document.
|Ensuring Educational Stability for Chiildren in Foster Care (2019)|
|Guidance for School of Origin Transportation for Children in Foster Care (2019)|
The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is committed to maintaining a robust array of family-based placements (kinship, foster and adoptive homes â€“ collectively known as â€śResource Familiesâ€ť) for children who are in state care. The state 2019 Resource Family Recruitment Retention Plan was developed and reviewed in consultation with the Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate and many local and national foster care partner organizations.
|FY 2019 RI DCYF Resource Family Recruitment Plan Reflection Summary|
Beginning July 1, 2018, federal legislation (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Public Law 114-198) now requires the development of a â€śPlan of Safe Careâ€ť (POSC) for all infants born affected by substance use, withdrawal symptoms, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Please review the POSC Guidance Document to learn more.
Also, please visit the RI Department of Health for additional information.
|RI Department of Health|
NYTD was designed to measure outcomes of youth transitioning out of care. In 2011, Rhode Island youth in care, aged 17, were surveyed and then surveyed again at ages 19 and 21. With three waves of data collection complete for the first cohort, we are now better able to understand the experiences of current and former DCYF-involved youth as they age. This first fact sheet features information about education, employment, and financial self-sufficiency.
|NYTD RI: Outcomes of Youth in Rhode Island Ages 17, 19, and 21 - Education, Employment & Financial Self-Sufficiency|
Recent changes to Health and Safety of Pupils Act (Rhode Island General Law Â§16-21-36), a law recently amended by the General Assembly, now requires all public and private schools to post a notice about the statewide, toll-free hotline established and implemented by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) for the receipt of reports concerning the suspicion of child abuse and neglect or that a child has been a victim of sexual abuse by another child. The posters can be downloaded and printed in English and Spanish (below). The notice must be posted in a conspicuous, high-traffic area accessed and widely used by the students in each school.
|Abuse Hotline Poster|
|Abuse Hotline Poster (Spanish)|