Foster Care & Kinship Resources

Rhode Island has 13,493 children living with their grandparents. Navigating the foster/welfare systems can at times seem daunting.
Below are links and resources to help in your journey.

*The below list is not all-inclusive and is intended as a guidepost.

Rhode Island Resources

Office of Child Support Services

Office of Child Support Services– The RI Child Support agency can provide services for grandparents such as establishing a child’s paternity, establishing a support obligation, monitoring and enforcing those obligations. More information is available on the agency website.


Adoption Rhode Island

Adoption Rhode IslandProvides pre- and post- adoption services to children and families, educate and advocate for a child’s right to a safe environment, and increase public awareness of the unmet needs of children and families impacted by foster care and adoption. 

National Organizations

Children’s Bureau


The Children’s Bureau– The Children’s Bureau conducts the CFSRs, (Child and Family Services Reviews) which are periodic reviews of state child welfare systems. After a CFSR states develop a Program Improvement Plan (PIP) to address areas in their child welfare services that need improvement.  Their website includes links to further literature and resources on how to navigate foster care on both state and national levels.

National Foster Parents Association

National Foster Parents Association– The mission of the NFPA is to be the respected national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families through networking, education, and advocacy.



  • Reunification– If you are a foster parent, you know the word ‘reunification’ comes up a lot. As it now stands, there is a federal law that mandates courts and child welfare agencies to work towards reunification with a biological parent upon children entering care. This site includes a few tips on understanding, surviving and supporting reunification.


Children, Youth, and Family Hotlines

Hotlines and Other Resources

  • National Child Abuse Hotline -800.4.A.CHILD (800.422.4453) 
  • Child Sexual Abuse – 866.FOR.LIGHT (866.367.5444)
  • Family Violence Hotline –  800.799.SAFE (800.799.7233)
  • Missing and Abducted Children – 800.I.AM.LOST (800.426.5678)
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network – 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673)
  • RI Child – (800) RI-CHILD (800-742-4453)

RI Foster Parent Bill of Rights

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DCFY Transportation Guidelines/Reimbursement Form

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What Are the Steps to Adopt Child in RI?

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