Child & Family Well-being
Child & Family Well-Being
FSRI's Child and Family Well-Being programs also integrate physical and mental health care with other services. We do this work by collaborating with doctors and other care providers to deliver an integrated plan for each FSRI client.
Contact our Intake Department at 401-519-2280 or online - click here.
Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) works with kids, teens and families on physical and mental health challenges, as well as on housing and economic problems.
Keeping Families Together Whenever Possible
FSRI strives to keep families intact, when possible, through prevention and reunification programs, as well as shelter and permanent housing services.
Family Care Community Partnership
The Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) can help your child succeed at home, in school and in the community. The program may be provided at a location that best fits your needs, including your home. Contact us for more information at 401-519-2280 or visit our agency's office at 55 Hope Street, Providence.
FCCP: Preventing Juvenile Delinquency and More
FCCP serves families with children under age 18 (up to 21 in certain cases) with behavior issues, juvenile delinquency or other problems that place them at risk of involvement with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) leads what is often referred to as the "Urban Core FCCP," which serves Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence.
FCCP: Wrapping Around Your Family!
After meeting with you in your home or another location and developing a family plan, FCCP workers will "wrap" your family with local programs and services to meet your needs.
What Families are Saying About FCCP
"Thank you for being there and helping me to understand how to get supports."
"Very blessed that FCCP works with our entire family and especially my daughter's needs. I feel my family is more 'together.'"
"FCCP has helped me feel more confident in knowing how to ask questions at IEP meetings and feeling part of my child's education plan.
FCCP Results: Did you know?
Families that meet with FCCPs and work with them for three months or more are over twice as likely to stay out of the DCYF system.
More than eight in ten families that work with FCCPs for three months or more complete all or some of the goals they set for themselves.
Out of every 100 families that complete their goals with FCCPs, 98 stay out of DCYF care.
Family Coaching & Visitation
Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) provides Family Coaching and Visitation Center services to families who have experienced the trauma of separation and loss and are actively working towards reunification. Our program is built on the clinical foundation of TST (Trauma Systems Therapy) and services are customized to address the individualized support and visitation needs of children and their parents as they work to heal and establish healthy family relationships.
The children and families served are involved with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). FSRI partners with these families and their DCYF caseworkers to help them achieve optimal permanency for their children
Visitation in Multiple Environments
Families are given the opportunity to visit and to explore new parenting and relationship skills in multiple environments. This is purposefully designed to assist parents in developing parenting capabilities and family resources to promote safety while supporting the child’s ability to regulate emotions and behaviors which, combined, leads to timely and successful reunification.
Program staff support visits at FSRI’s TST Family Coaching and Visitation Center; at natural community locations such as libraries, pediatrician’s offices, and family recreation areas which all provide opportunities for hands-on learning experiences; and also in families’ homes as reunification draws nearer. We are able to continue supporting families for up to six months after reunification to ensure maximum success. Administrative support is coordinated from our agency's 134 Thurbers Ave, Providence office.
The program only accepts referrals from DCYF staff.
Foster Care Support
Foster parents are provided training and receive help from a team of clinicians and case managers, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Foster parents receive financial support too, including a weekly, tax-free stipend; full medical and dental coverage for the foster child; and an allowance for new clothing. Free child care is available for working foster parents.
Who May Become a Foster Parent?
You must be at least 21 years old, and a Rhode Island resident. You may be single, partnered or married. Contact us for further information about other requirements.
We take pride in all families! Family Service of Rhode Island's program is LGBTQQI welcoming.
What about Adoption?
FSRI provides comprehensive support and services to families as they navigate the foster care and adoption system, including respite care.
For More Information
If you are considering becoming a foster parent, please fill our the inquiry form below, visit our agency's 134 Thurbers Ave, Providence office, or call (401) 660-7822 to speak directly with our Foster Parent Recruiter, Leidy Alves. Hablamos español.
Lucy’s Hearth, located in Middletown, Rhode Island serves homeless mothers and their children through an emergency shelter program, a transitional apartment program, a permanent apartment program and an outreach and aftercare program.
Lucy's Hearth primarily serves Newport County, Rhode Island residents, but warmly welcomes residents from other areas of the state when beds are available.
From Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency
Lucy's Hearth's mission is: To provide comprehensive programs and services to homeless families in a safe, supportive environment that promotes family health and stability and increases self-sufficiency in order to achieve permanent, affordable housing.
Profile of Residents
Most of the mothers served are in their late 20s, and the children are newborns to 18 year olds. Some residents have histories of homelessness and are at high-risk of becoming homeless once again. The causes for the residents’ homelessness include economic hardship, inability to find affordable housing, eviction, family crisis, separation and divorce.
Lucy's Hearth was incorporated in 1984 and opened as an overnight shelter with one staff person, a budget of only $20,000, and a dedicated group of volunteers.
As the need for shelter increased, it became a 24-hour shelter and expanded its programs and services to address the many issues faced by homeless women with children. In 2007, Lucy’s Hearth became an affiliate of Family Service of Rhode Island but continues as a separate 501 (c) (3) corporation with a board of directors.
In 2011 the shelter, for the first time in its history, was accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
Referrals and Donations
Please call Lucy's Hearth at (401) 847-2021 or visit us at 19 Valley Road, Middletown, RI for information about acceptance into the program or to make financial or in-kind donations. Or visit www.lucyshearth.org.
Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) provides five trauma-focused residential programs for adolescent girls who are in the custody of the State of Rhode Island.
These programs include an emergency shelter, two high intensity programs, a step-down program and a semi-independent living program.
Addressing Behavioral Problems
The programs, working with the child's family/caregivers when reunification is possible, address behavioral issues involving significant trauma histories as a result of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, human trafficking, parental neglect, and mental health and substance abuse problems.
FSRI's residential programs provide a home-like environment with a range of educational and recreational opportunities, as well as weekly individual/group mental health counseling and case management.
The programs are located in neighborhood environments, with amenities such as large backyards, gardens and trees as we seek to provide a home-like setting for the program’s residents.
Residents of the programs usually attend local schools. Our more intensive residential programs offer on-site classrooms to meet educational and behavioral needs until the involved girls are ready to transition to a public school setting.
These facilities serve girls and families already involved with the state child welfare system. Referrals are made by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Rhode Island Family Court.