Community Partners

We partner with a number of state agencies, contracted private foster care agencies, and community organizations to support the child welfare system and the recruitment and retention of foster families.

Alliance Human Services

Alliance Human Services provides foster care services to children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, are medically fragile, or are in the juvenile justice system. Often, the children we serve have been placed unsuccessfully in homes from other agencies or come from more restrictive settings. Children placed with Alliance experience success through placement stability, and through achieving permanency by returning to their family or other permanent placement that best suits their needs. In order to support these children, we provide ongoing counseling and case coordination. We recruit and train a diverse population of experienced and compassionate adults who, as foster parents, provide homes that are safe, nurturing and supportive.

Boys Town New England

Boys Town Foster Care program includes individualize support to families and children to encourage stability, connection, and healing.  All Boys Town foster parents are trained to utilize an evidence-based behavioral program which assists to change behavior and teach emotional regulation.  Foster parents are provided with 24-hour on-call support, regular in-home consultation, clinical supports, access to on-going training, licensing support, and opportunities for children and families to connect with one another.

Child & Family Service

Child & Family’s Foster Care Program utilizes a trauma-informed approach with two comprehensive levels of support to provide care to our youth. Our program provides therapeutic support to individuals who require additional resources to achieve success in the home, school, and community.

We believe that providing these youth with a consistent and supportive family setting while helping them learn to regulate, feel connected, and build strengths is crucial to their success.

Children’s Friend and Service

When a crisis hits a family, it may not be safe for children and their parents to live together. The reasons vary – medical catastrophe, mental illness, substance abuse, and children’s behavior problems are just a few.

Communities for People

The Communities for People Families for Children Program (FFC) is a community-based, intensive service using evidence-based and trauma informed practices to support children in or transitioning into foster or pre-adoptive homes referred through DCYF for enhanced support. We serve youth age birth to twenty throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Community Care Alliance

Our licensed foster families provide a structured and therapeutic family environment for children and youth who can safely be placed in the community but who cannot live with their biological families. The program utilizes a team-based approach to help foster parents meet the emotional & behavioral needs of the children placed in their homes.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux TFC offers year-round training and 24/7 wrap around, trauma informed support to our foster families as they meet the needs of the youth placed in their home.  Our families care for youth from 0-21 years old. Devereux helps to coordinate treatment services to meet the individual needs of the youth and family. We are invested in supporting every child's permanency plan and collaborate with all treatment team members to advocate for the best interest of the child, while supporting our families on every step of the foster care journey.

Family Service of Rhode Island

FSRI provides comprehensive case management and clinical services to foster families as they navigate the foster care and adoption system. We have been serving the RI community for over 125 years! Through the Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) model, we provide weekly in home clinical and case management support to all of our foster families and children. TST is a model used for children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma. We provide additional TST training to our foster parents to support the youth placed in their home.

Groden Center

Established in 1993, Groden Center Treatment Foster Care Program (GCTFC) provides treatment level foster care for a diverse population of children and youth with special needs (0-21 years old) and matches them with licensed treatment foster homes across Rhode Island. Our team of Licensed Behavior Analysts, LICSW, and Master level case managers, provide an individualized treatment plan for every child to successfully develop and grow while maintaining connections to their community. GCTFC foster parents are provided with on-going 365/24/7 support and services, specialized training and supervision, to help meet the child’s treatment goals and ensure a successful foster care experience. When you join the GCTFC family, we are with you every step of your foster care journey.


NAFI’s Professional Parent Program provides foster care for children and youth aged 0 to 21 across RI.  NAFI foster care is made up of a proud and diverse community of foster parents who enjoy the collaborative approach that NAFI provides.  Each parent is supported by an experienced team of case managers, clinicians and licensing workers to provide on-going support and supervision; while each child is given opportunities to make memories through year-round activities and events aimed at strengthening our community.

Office of the Child Advocate

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) serves as the oversight agency to the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).  In this role, the OCA is responsible for monitoring the operation of each unit within the Department to ensure compliance with internal policies and protocols, state law, and federal law.  In addition, the OCA monitors data and trends to ensure DCYF operates within the best practices of child welfare and identifies systemic change needs when necessary. 

The OCA monitors each child open to DCYF to protect the legal rights of children in State care and to promote policies and practices which ensure that children are safe, that children have permanent and stable families, and that children in out of home placements have their physical, mental, medical, educational, emotional, and behavioral needs met.

Children’s Cabinet

The Children's Cabinet is a committee consisting of state agencies that serve children and families. Together, state agencies collaborate to put families at the center of government services, supports, and programs to ensure that children ages zero to twenty-four can thrive. Governor Gina Raimondo has charged the Children's Cabinet with increasing third grade reading proficiency in Rhode Island -- a key focus of this effort has been connecting children in DCYF care with the highest quality services and supports, including evidence-based Family Home Visiting and high-quality child care and Pre-K. More information is available at Key Partners include: Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Department of Human Services; Department of Health; Department of Education