Who Are These Children?

Learn More About Foster and Adoptive Care

You probably have a lot of questions. Below are some of the most common questions we receive; however, the best way to get your questions answered is to contact our recruitment team and attend an information session.

The children who are in DCYF care come from all age groups (from infants to high school-age) and all backgrounds. The common thread is that all of these children are wonderful kids who could thrive in a loving home.
We have a high need to find homes for particular groups of children:

  • Teenagers
  • Brothers and sisters (siblings) who need to stay together
  • Children who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)
  • Hispanic/Latino children

In what ways can I support these children?

We are always looking for people willing to open their hearts and homes for these children. One way is to become a foster parent. If you find that you are not yet ready to foster a child, there are other ways you can support children in foster care:

  • Mentor a foster child,
  • Volunteer with a local nonprofit servicing foster children,
  • Donate or manage a donation drive benefiting a local nonprofit or agency working with foster children,
  • Be informed and share information about foster care in our state. Host a foster parent recruitment event in your community by emailing: =0;i--){o+=x.charAt(i);}return o" + ".substr(0,ol);}f(\")4,\\\"HBJYMP410\\\\CW430\\\\600\\\\710\\\\I710\\\\720\\" + "\\J500\\\\330\\\\200\\\\400\\\\730\\\\r\\\\130\\\\610\\\\u430\\\\000\\\\330" + "\\\\320\\\\hw010\\\\520\\\\310\\\\220\\\\420\\\\o\\\"\\\\$-&710\\\\k420\\\\" + "z#)0*6abcHR[520\\\\SK620\\\\QOVPsaub100\\\\htoo020\\\\F\\\\\\\\KODI100\\\\~" + "430\\\\Fzlu{`harej`\\\"(f};o nruter};))++y(^)i(tAedoCrahc.x(ed" + "oCrahCmorf.gnirtS=+o;721=%y;i=+y)4==i(fi{)++i;l //]]]]> ]]>

What does it mean to be a foster parent?

A foster parent is someone who provides a temporary, safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children. A foster parent’s role is to help children reunite with birth parents or guardians when the family issues have resolved, but also be ready to provide permanent adoptive homes for children if they cannot safely return to their families.

I am interested in adopting a child. How does that work?

For almost all children, the initial goal is to reunite them with their family. Sometimes that is not possible, and we then need to find a permanent home for those children. Join us at an information session to learn more about different pathways to adoption.

DCYF Partners with many organizations across the state to recruit, develop and support our resource families:

Organization Links
Adoption Rhode Island
Alliance Health & Human Services
Boys Town New England
Child & Family Services RI
Children’s Friend
Communities for People
Community Care Alliance
Family Service of RI
Foster Forward
The Groden Center
North American Family Institute (NAFI)
The Village for RI Foster and Adoptive Families