During the month of May, we honor foster parents for all the love, safety, and support they provide to the 1,893 children currently in foster care in Rhode Island. Foster parents are quiet, everyday heroes who are doing a world of good. The 47 families that FSRI works with each day provide a pillar of stability to the foster children they bring into their lives, at the moment when they need it most.
And they're just like you. They might be single, partnered, or married. They may be renting an apartment or living in their own home. They might be first-time parents, already have kids of their own, or even be empty-nesters-- but they're always ready to provide a safe and loving home for a child that needs them.
There are over 200 children above the age of 12 in Rhode Island currently waiting for a foster home today. Will it be yours?
We need your help to fill this critical need. Because of COVID-19 and other factors, there's been an increase in the number of in-home placement requests. Family Service of Rhode Island has been helping connect children with safe, loving foster parents for over 30 years, and we are dedicated to helping families of all kinds succeed.
Fostering with FSRI gives you the peace of mind that you'll receive all the support and resources available to you throughout your foster care journey. From licensing and parenting classes to youth placement, family reunification, or adoption, we're here to hold your hand and guide you every step of the way.
Foster parents receive financial support too, including a monthly, tax-free stipend and full medical and dental coverage for the foster child. Free child care is available for working foster parents.
Who may become a foster parent?
We take pride in all families! Family Service of Rhode Island's program is LGBTQQI welcoming. You must be at least 21 years old, and a Rhode Island resident. You may be single, partnered, or married. What about adoption? FSRI provides comprehensive support and services to families as they navigate the foster care and adoption system, including respite care.
How do I learn more?
How else can I help?
Share this webpage with a friend and let them know about the critical need for foster parents in Rhode Island.
Share this episode of Be Well Live focusing on foster parenting.
Become a temporary Host Home for our new Basic Center Program, by housing a homeless youth for 21 days. Inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Brian and Marlena
"The best part is that you see the difference you make-- all the things they absorb. You know it's stuff that will make them more well-rounded individuals, regardless of whether they stay with you or move on," Marlena said. "Listen. "It's hard sometimes. But imagine how hard it is for these kids. Imagine BEING that kid."
Meet Josh and Teddie
"[Fostering] is kind of like having a biological kid-- there's no perfect time to do it. You're never going to be 100% ready. But the children who are out there who need safe places-- they don't have the luxury of time. They don't have the luxury of waiting until we're ready to have them come into our house. They need somewhere, and they need somewhere now."
“I knew I wanted to foster to adopt a teenager, which is the less desired age group. But they are the age group that needs parenting, love, and affection the most.”