News and Updates

Public Notices

Entry to Building Protocol: 101 Friendship Street, Providence

An additional card reader has been installed at the second set of glass doors that lead from the atrium to the lobby. There is already a card reader installed at the main door. This additional card reader will allow us better control over who enters the lobby – both from a security perspective and because of COVID-19. All visitors will need to use the buzzer for the front desk assistance

Tax Guidance for Foster Families

Below, please find tax guidance for foster families per the 2019 tax year:

2020 Tax Guidance for Foster Families

Foster Care Update

The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is committed to the goal that all children and youth should be cared for in a safe, supportive family setting. To support this goal, DCYF is focused on partnering with the community and its leaders and organizations who can "Be An Anchor" for children and families involved in Rhode Island’s child welfare system. Attached below please find the 2021 Statewide Plan for the Recruitment and Retention of Foster Families.

2021 Statewide Plan for the Recruitment and Retention of Foster Families

News

Consolidated Appropriations Act – Chafee Funding

New federal legislation enacted on December 27, 2020[1] expands the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee Program).[2] The Chafee Program expansion increases funding for individuals, expands eligibility requirements, and waives certain criteria during the COVID-19 pandemic period through September 30, 2021.

Consolidated Appropriations Act

DCYF launches new Screening and Response Unit to better support Rhode Island families

The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) today announced the launch of a new Screening and Response Unit (SRU) at the Department, to help connect families and their children to support services. DCYF recognizes that many families are struggling right now and could benefit from accessing services and supports that were traditionally only available to families with official DCYF or Family Court involvement. The SRU will provide assistance by identifying each family’s needs and providing necessary supports to help families thrive.

DCYF launches new Screening and Response Unit to better support Rhode Island families

DCYF Organizational Chart Restructured

In May 2020, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has implemented changes to their organizational structure. These improvements, which are aligned with ongoing internal reforms, will allow the Department more flexibility to promptly address the needs of Rhode Island’s children and families both now and in the future. The Department also hopes that this shift will offer a more streamlined approach for troubleshooting issues within the agency. Rollout is expected to improve communications, streamline functions, and ensure a robust process for feedback.

DCYF Organizational Chart (Updated May 2020)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Below, is joint guidance document for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 DCYF developed with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and other educational partners. Also provided, is the transportation guidance document.

Ensuring Educational Stability for Chiildren in Foster Care (2019) Guidance for School of Origin Transportation for Children in Foster Care (2019)

FY 2019 Resource Family Recruitment Plan Reflection Summary

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is committed to maintaining a robust array of family-based placements (kinship, foster and adoptive homes – collectively known as “Resource Families”) for children who are in state care. The state 2019 Resource Family Recruitment Retention Plan was developed and reviewed in consultation with the Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate and many local and national foster care partner organizations.

FY 2019 RI DCYF Resource Family Recruitment Plan Reflection Summary

Plans of Safe Care

Beginning July 1, 2018, federal legislation (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Public Law 114-198) now requires the development of a “Plan of Safe Care” (POSC) for all infants born affected by substance use, withdrawal symptoms, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Please review the POSC Guidance Document to learn more.

POSC Guidance

Also, please visit the RI Department of Health for additional information.

RI Department of Health

Health and Safety of Pupils Act

Recent changes to Health and Safety of Pupils Act (Rhode Island General Law §16-21-36), a law recently amended by the General Assembly, now requires all public and private schools to post a notice about the statewide, toll-free hotline established and implemented by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) for the receipt of reports concerning the suspicion of child abuse and neglect or that a child has been a victim of sexual abuse by another child. The posters can be downloaded and printed in English and Spanish (below). The notice must be posted in a conspicuous, high-traffic area accessed and widely used by the students in each school.

Abuse Hotline Poster Abuse Hotline Poster (Spanish)

Foster Care Redesign 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2020 Foster Care Redesign Overview
2020 Foster Care Redesign Overview - Spanish
2020 Foster Care Redesign Glossary of Terms
2020 Foster Care Redesign Glossary of Terms - Spanish
FAQ: Level of Need (LON)
FAQ: Level of Need (LON) - Spanish
FAQ: Services and Supports
FAQ: Services and Supports - Spanish
FAQ: Rates
FAQ: Rates - Spanish
FAQ: Payroll
FAQ: Payroll - Spanish
FAQ: Placement
FAQ: Placement - Spanish