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Speaking with Children about Terrorist Attacks

How should parents, teachers and others speak with children about terrorist attacks?  Family Service of Rhode Island, the area site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, offers these tips. Click here

For a brief Rhode Island Parent Magazine article, written by Family Service of Rhode Island's Susan Erstling, PhD, LICSW, on speaking with children after traumatic events, please click here

Questions? Click here


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Have you heard about the Keeping Kids in Families initiative?  It's about ensuring the best interests of children and families are at the heart of all policy decisions.  During National Adoption Month, we're joining with advocates from across the nation to ask you to join us in this initiative.  Learn more here.

Click here to learn about the Together Forever adoption project.


Volunteer for the Walking School Bus!

Family Service of Rhode Island provides volunteer-led walk routes to help a number of young students, living within a mile of school, to walk to and from school.  This program promotes school attendance, which is critical to learning.  Would you like to help?  Volunteer and/or donate mittens, gloves, hats etc. to help keep the Walking School Bus kids warm!   Call 401-331-1350 ext. 3603 for more information about the "Walking School Bus," or email by clicking here.

Find the Walking School Bus on Facebook here. View a video about the program here.


Saluting Military Families!

Graphic for Military Family Appreciation Month.  Access resources by clicking here http://nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/month-military-child

November is Military Family Appreciation Month, a time to reflect upon the many sacrifices military families in Rhode Island and beyond make. 

Family Service of Rhode Island assists military families before, during and after deployment.  Read a story about some of this work in a National Child Traumatic Stress Network newsletter article you can see by clicking here.  Family Service of Rhode Island is the area site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Are you a member of a military family, or a provider or educator working with military families?  Please find tip sheets and other information by clicking here. If you are member of a military family and are interested in service, please call Jeanne Sherman at 401-331-1350 ext. 3130. (Please note: for emergencies dial 911.)                                  


Open House for Potential Foster Parents


Family Service of Rhode Island has a waiting list of children needing loving homes.  Maybe yours!

Foster parents receive a stipend and 24/7 support as they care for a child in need. Click here for more information about foster parenting.   Meet a foster mom who helps us recruit families.  Click here for details. You can reach our foster care recruiter, Greg Wright, at 401-331-1350 ext. 3305 or email him at wrightgr@familyserviceri.org.

Our next foster care information open house is Wednesday, December 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. at 134 Thurbers Avenue in Providence. Plenty of free, off-street parking.  Click here for directions. Note: You don't have to wait for the next open house to sign up!  Contact Greg and get the ball rolling.

We take pride in all families!  Read about our outreach for LGBTQ foster parents here.  If you Facebook or Twitter, spread the word using the hashtag #wetakeprideinallfamilies.  Thank you for helping us spread the word via social media!                    






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