Resource Family Portal
Our kinship caregivers, traditional and therapeutic foster families, and pre-adoptive families (collectively known as “Resource Families”) are “anchors” for children in DCYF care. The Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) partners with Rhode Island residents, community leaders and organizations to recruit a diverse pool of individuals who can BE AN ANCHOR for children and families involved in Rhode Island’s child welfare system. Community support is critical to ensuring that a child can be cared for in a safe and reliable family setting that is well supported and able to care for the child’s individual needs.
Our Resource Families are a key part of our team that works towards reunifying children with their parents.
This portal is designed to provide you with a brief overview of the topics that will be discussed in greater detail during your foster care training process. Non-kinship resource families are provided a complete overview of the topics prior to becoming fully licensed and receiving their first foster placement. For our kinship providers, placement occurs first and training second. That being said, it is hoped that this portal will be able to answer some of your frequently asked questions as well as provide you some detailed information. For fully trained providers this portal should help refresh you of the topics already covered and for kinship caregivers for topics you will cover during your training
Kinship care is the raising of children by grandparents, other extended family members, or adults (i.e. coach, mentor, neighbor or family friend) with whom they have an existing relationship, when the parents or guardian are unable to do so for any reason. This Department makes every effort to identify kinship providers as soon as possible as evidence has shown that kinship care:
- Can reduce the trauma of being placed with strangers
- Can keep closer contact with family
- Helps children do better
- Demonstrates family is important throughout life
- Provides children/youth with a sense of identity
Should you have any specific questions about the topics below, please feel free to email Melissa Aguiar-Rivard, Phone: (401) 3771 Melissa.AguiarRivard@dcyf.ri.gov or call (401) 528-3673.
Below is a list of links that you’ll find helpful as you navigate this process.
Importance of Safe Sleep
Safety Education - Injuries are the leading threat to a child's health.
Medical/Dental and Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program
Financial Caregiver Supports
Updates coming soon
Navigating the Family Court System
Understanding the Permanency Process