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The Secretary of State’s office maintains all regulations filed by state agencies since 2002. To obtain a certified copy of our licensing regulations, please contact the Department of State at (401) 222-2473.
You can also read our Licensing and Child Care Regulations.
Please review the POSC Guidance Document to learn more.
Also, please visit the RI Department of Health for additional information.
RI Department of HealthFoster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure Guidance Document
This Guidance Document is written to assist applicants and licensed foster and pre-adoptive parents with an understanding of how the Rhode Island Foster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure are implemented. You can also read our DCYF Licensing and Child Care Regulations.
Director’s Memo: FSU Family Engagment PolicyDirector’s Memo: Child Support Enforcement for Children in DCYF CareDirector’s Memo: Foster, Kinship, and Preadoptive Family DirectivesDirector’s Memo: Documentation of Criminal Background Checks - Kinship CareDirector’s Memo: FSU Case Management Requirements for Foster Care Youth 14 & OlderDirector’s Memo: CPS Reports – Corporal punishment -Children in family foster homesDirector’s Memo: Drug Exposed InfantsDirector’s Memo: Utilization Management UnitDirector’s Memo: Legal Status Protocol: Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse FilingsDirector’s Memo: Extended Care for Youth
Individuals requesting the promulgation, amendment, or repeal of any regulation should address their concerns in writing to the Office of Practice Standards, Office of the Director.
The request should include:
If the request by the petitioning party is denied, the Department responds in writing to the petitioning party within thirty (30) days of the Department's receipt of the request. The reasons for the denial are included in the response.
If the request is accepted, the Department ensures that appropriate changes are made. In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act (R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-4), rule-making proceedings are initiated within thirty (30) days of receipt of the request.
Sarah St. Jacques
Principal Human Services Policy & Systems Specialist
101 Friendship St. Providence, RI 02903[email protected]
Phone: (401) 528-3793
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