Children's Friend and Service

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153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
United States

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Monday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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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.

To help the family through the crisis, temporary separation is sometimes necessary. Our Foster parents provide a safe, temporary place for children to live while their birth parents confront their problems.

After successfully completing the training and home study process, applicants receive their license from the State of Rhode Island. Children’s Friend takes great care to meet the needs of everyone involved in the experience of fostering children.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

The Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) and the private agencies connected with it offer many resources. If you foster through a private agency, you'll receive support from them.

Foster families in Rhode Island qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). This program subsidizes childcare costs for families caring for foster youth under age 13. Some resources are also available for kids with special needs after age 13 as well.

Contact your private foster care agency or DCYF caseworker to learn more about these options.

Parents that need a break from fostering due to an emergency or other reason can also access respite care. This type of care involves one foster family taking care of another licensed family's child for a brief period.

Resource families receive a foster care maintenance payment to help with a child's needs. The amount varies depending on the child's age and service level of care.

Finally, the DCYF or licensed private agency will help you through the process, provide training, offer assistance managing medical and dental services, etc.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.2 / 5
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Mandana V C
Jul 20, 2017

I gave 4 stars because of the parking situation .

Rating: 4

Kelly Pandolfi
Oct 08, 2015

They saved my family i love them.

Rating: 5

Christine Guenette
Apr 21, 2015

Very adequate childcare best faculty out there

Rating: 5