Press Releases

04/04/2020 15:45 EDT
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided an update today on the state's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
04/03/2020 16:45 EDT
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) made several coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) announcements today.
04/03/2020 16:00 EDT
Opening of state campgrounds delayed until at least May 1st PROVIDENCE â The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds Rhode Islanders that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. "Restricting access to public places where any...

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Public Notices

 

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

 

News

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
Data about older DCYF-involved youth from National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) (April 2017)

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
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)