Overview The Department of Children, Youth and Families receives requests for records from the public. To best assist needs: Confidential Requests/Clearances tab can be utilized by adults who were previously in the care of the State of Rhode Island. And, for background clearances requested pertaining to public citizens. APRA Requests tab is specific to the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) (RI § 38-2-1). The Department has instituted policies and procedures for the public to obtain public records.