Foster Care

Program Details

Upcoming Info Sessions

Urgent Need

Although there are many foster children who need homes, of the children who need homes, there are specific groups that struggle to find placements more than others. There is an urgent need for foster families for the following:
● Teenagers and young adults
● LGBTQIA+ youth
● Youth with medical and behavioral needs
● Sibling sets of three or more

Become a Foster Parent

Did you know you can become a foster parent if you:
● Rent, own your own home or live in an apartment
● Are single, married or have a partner
● Own a pet or numerous pets
● Are part of the LBGTQ+ community
● Are over the age of 55

Looking to become a foster parent? Here are some of the minimum requirements needed to apply:
● Over the age of 21
● Pass background checks- Fingerprints and DCYF Clearance
● Have stable and safe housing
● Physically, mentally and emotionally competent to parent
● Financially stable with a steady income that meets all your current living expenses

Training & Licensing

Foster parents receive pre-placement training through a 10-week TIPS-MAPP course (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence Model Approach to Partnerships and Parenting). FSRI foster parents also receive case management, clinical support, access to FSRI’s 24-hour on-call crisis support line, and consistent ongoing training, specific to the challenges presented by the children in their care.

Foster Parent Supports

● FSRI assigns a licensing worker to help you throughout the entire licensing process. We are here to help you every step of the way!
● Comprehensive support and services to foster families as they navigate the foster care and adoption system, including respite care
● Clinical services: Each child is assigned a Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) clinician once placed in one of our foster homes
● Collaboration with other agencies to provide extended support (Foster Forward, Adoption Rhode Island and The Village)
 Foster parent support groups
● Monthly training opportunities
● Access to our Emergency Response Support (ERS) which is a 24/7 on-call crisis support service that is always answered by a foster care staff member with clinical support
● Support during the holidays: Gifts for foster children and Turkey with the fixings during Thanksgiving

Roadmap of the foster care licensing proccess.