Legal Division

DCYF Regulations

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 Regulations.

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. 

Foster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure Guidance Document

This Guidance Document outlines Practice Guidance for the Department’s Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs) effective as of September 1, 2021 with the Secretary of State's Office.

Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) Practice Guidance 


DCYF Director Memos

Director’s Memo: FSU Family Engagment Policy
Director’s Memo: Child Support Enforcement for Children in DCYF Care
Director’s Memo: Foster, Kinship, and Preadoptive Family Directives
Director’s Memo: Documentation of Criminal Background Checks - Kinship Care
Director’s Memo: FSU Case Management Requirements for Foster Care Youth 14 & Older
Director’s Memo: CPS Reports – Corporal punishment -Children in family foster homes
Director’s Memo: Drug Exposed Infants
Director’s Memo: Utilization Management Unit
Director’s Memo: Legal Status Protocol: Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse Filings
Director’s Memo: Extended Care for Youth

DCYF Rulemaking Documents

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:

  1. Specific reference to the policy/procedure section affected;
  2. Specific action requested, i.e. promulgation, amendment, or repeal; and
  3. Rationale for request.

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
Phone: (401) 528-3793