Press Releases

01/28/2020 15:45 EST
As federal health officials continue to monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new form of coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is continuing to coordinate closely with healthcare providers throughout Rhode Island. This...
01/28/2020 13:45 EST
Please note: An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. The U.S. Constitution guarantees that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law. Ginalys Velazquez Camara (age 22) Providence, RI P1-2020-0306A On January 22, 2020, the...
01/28/2020 13:30 EST
Residual damage from Superstorm Sandy along with erosion and storm surge intensified by climate change-driven sea level rise necessitate the closure at the iconic Jamestown property PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the perimeter loop road...

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Public Notices

Civil Service Examination Announcement

Social Caseworker II (Exam #6298) - Application Period January 26, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Civil Service Examination Announcement - Social Caseworker II

Training for Mentorship Program

Communities for People (C4P) is seeking adult mentors for DCYF youth ages 16 and up. A training for prospective mentors will be held on January 18 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at C4P’s offices (623 Atwells Avenue, Suite 201, in Providence). Below is a flyer about the training. Please help us spread the word about the need for mentors! This can be a very rewarding experience for both mentors and our youth.

If you have any questions, or want to register for the training, please contact C4P Youth Outreach Worker Anna Crouser at (401) 481-6176 or

Mentorship Training

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


Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Foster and Adoption Regulations for Licensure

The RI Department of Children, Youth and Families is currently revising its Foster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure and has filed a draft with the Secretary of State under the “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking”.

This provides the Department the opportunity to hear directly from stakeholders on the proposed revisions. These amendments to the regulations have been proposed to come into compliance with new federal requirements, increase best practices with regards to foster families, and provide further clarification to current foster families and applicants.

Please visit the following links to see the notice of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: and a copy of the proposed rule:

The Department will be accepting feedback on this proposed rule through May 17, 2019. Further opportunities to provide input will also be available through the formal promulgation process. Please utilize the following link below to take a short survey and to provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the regulation:

Thank you for your feedback that will inform the improvement of our system, and most importantly your ongoing commitment to children and families.


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
RI CFSR Program Improvement Plan (PIP)

The Department of Children, Youth and Families’ Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) has been approved by the Administration for Children & Families (ACF). The PIP’s start date is May 1, 2019. The Department will work to meet the benchmark’s set in this plan over the next two years.

RI CFSR Program Improvement Plan (PIP)
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
Children’s Rights Settlement - Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement to Class Members (January 2018)
Doc. 586-1 Exh. A Settlement Agreement
Doc. 586-3 Exh. C Proposed Notice
Unopposed Motion for the Approval of the Attorney's Fees (January 2018)
Proposed Order for Notice of Fees Settlement - Exhibit A
Plaintiffs Unopposed Motion for Approval of Atty Fees and Expenses
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
Post-Secondary Tuition Assistance

For DCYF foster youth or former foster youth attending college or vocational schools in 2018-2019, apply using the link below to see if you are eligible for financial support from DCYF:

Proposed DCYF Regulations

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the Department is advertising for promulgation the attached proposed DCYF Regulation and Associated Repeals.

You can also access the proposed regulation through the RI Secretary of State's Proposed Rules and Regulations Database Search:

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)
Rhode Island Training School Audit and Report

Sexual Abuse and/or Sexual Harassment within Rhode Island Juvenile Justice Facilities Covered Under the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Final Audit Report is now available.

Also, the most recent assessment of the RITS is available through the link below.

Assessment of the Rhode Island Training School October 2017