Resource Family Portal

As a resource family, your priority is the safety and well-being of the children in your care. It is important to realize the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the other agencies that might be working with you, share the same goals. You are a very important part of the team working towards reunifying children with their parent(s).

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 or require clarification as to the below topics and/or kinship training, please feel free to email Lori D’Alessio at or call (401) 528-3673.

Below is a list of links that you’ll find helpful as you navigate this process.

Common Questions
Identified Needs and Resources to Help
Important Information for Kinship Providers
Kinship Caregiver Guide
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Importance of Safe Sleep
What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?
American Academy of Pediatrics SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths
What is sudden infant death syndrome SIDS?
Safety Education - Injuries are the leading threat to a child's health.
Pool Safety for Children
Window and Door Safety for Children
Your Child and Car Seat Safety
Rhode Island Car Seat Regulations
Medical/Dental and Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program
Local Health Resources
Fostering Health Program
Dental Safety Net Providers in Rhode Island
WIC Information
Financial Caregiver Supports
Foster Parent Information
Foster Parent Transportation Reimbursement Program
Miscellaneous Information / Child Care
Navigating the Family Court System
Legal Travel of a DCYF Case
About the Family Court
Court Participation Initiative
Foster Parent Court Hearing Report Form
Siblings Bill of Rights
Understanding the Permanency Process
Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997
DCYF Service Plans
Administrative Reviews
Case Plan Review – Foster Parent Information
Community Supports
About Foster Forward
About the Village
Tips for Being a Fabulous Trauma-Informed Resource Parent
National Resources
Child Welfare Information Gateway – Kinship Care