Press Releases

07/04/2020 09:15 EDT
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening Westwood YMCA Beach in Coventry for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer. The status...
07/04/2020 08:00 EDT
At 1:01 PM, Troopers arrested Allision Adekunbi, age 36, for 1.) Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor/Drugs (B.A.C Unknown), and 2.) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test- Second offense. The arrest was the result of Troopers responding to a motor vehicle accident on Route 146 North,...
07/03/2020 15:45 EDT
Long-term care and assisted living facilities will be allowed to welcome visitors again next Wednesday, July 8th, provided that they abide by strict infection control measures to keep residents, staff, and family members safe, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is announcing today....

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Public Notices


Entry to Building Protocol: 101 Friendship Street, Providence

An additional card reader has been installed at the second set of glass doors that lead from the atrium to the lobby. There is already a card reader installed at the main door. This additional card reader will allow us better control over who enters the lobby – both from a security perspective and because of COVID-19. All visitors will need to use the buzzer for the front desk assistance

Tax Guidance for Foster Families

Below, please find tax guidance for foster families per the 2019 tax year:

2020 Tax Guidance for Foster Families

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.

Foster Care Letter



DCYF Organizational Chart Restructured

In May 2020, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has implemented changes to their organizational structure. These improvements, which are aligned with ongoing internal reforms, will allow the Department more flexibility to promptly address the needs of Rhode Island’s children and families both now and in the future. The Department also hopes that this shift will offer a more streamlined approach for troubleshooting issues within the agency. Rollout is expected to improve communications, streamline functions, and ensure a robust process for feedback.

DCYF Organizational Chart (Updated May 2020)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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)
FY 2019 Resource Family Recruitment Plan Reflection Summary

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 – collectively known as “Resource Families”) 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
Plans of Safe Care

Beginning July 1, 2018, federal legislation (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Public Law 114-198) now requires the development of a “Plan of Safe Care” (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.

POSC Guidance

Also, please visit the RI Department of Health for additional information.

RI Department of Health
Health and Safety of Pupils Act

Recent changes to Health and Safety of Pupils Act (Rhode Island General Law §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)