The Village, in collaboration with The Heart Tree, is excited to announce a new grant that was recently awarded to us through the RI Office of Healthy Aging (RIOHA). This grant would allow us to reach out to grandparents and other caregivers 55 years of age and older caring for a child(ren) under the age of 18 in communities throughout Rhode Island. Our goal is to provide grandparents and older kinship caregivers (55+) with resources and information. For information in English call (401) 481-5483, visit RIVillage.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org; for information in Spanish TheHeartTree.org. Stay tuned for more information.
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SUPPORT GROUPS - Scroll for details or Register here!
All Village Support and Socialization groups provide an opportunity for all parents to get out and meet other foster and adoptive parents and to relax, and share freely in a non-judgmental zone. Experienced Village foster parents will be on-hand to provide support and answer questions. The Village generally offers childcare for all in person support groups (currently on hold due to COVID-19)! It is a great opportunity for kids to socialize with others just like them! For planning purposes, registration is required at least 24 hours in advance.
NEW Kinship Foster Parent Support Groups
What is Kinship Care? Kinship care refers to the care of children by grandparents, other relatives, close family friends or neighbors or anyone who has had a previous relationship with that family or child in care. Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the child's connections with their family.
The Village now offers 4 Kinship Foster Parent Support Groups throughout the month. Kinship families are encouraged to attend these Support Groups, as at least one of our facilitators is a Kinship care provider and resource trainer. We recognize that Kinship foster care presents both unique and complex joys and challenges that are best addressed with other kinship families and facilitators. See below for dates and times.
So. County (Westerly) Kinship Support Group REGISTER HERE
Monday, September 26, 2022
from 8 - 9:30 pm currently via Zoom
Faith Bible Church - 115 Ashaway Rd, Westerly, RI*
(when in person)*
Kinship foster and adoptive parents are welcome...come meet fellow foster and adoptive parents! Experienced foster and adoptive parents will be on hand to offer support and answer questions while parents will have an opportunity to get to know one another as they share stories and personal experiences!
East/West Bay (Cranston) Kinship Support Group REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
from 6:30 - 8 pm currently via Zoom
The Village Offices - 139 Ocean Ave, Cranston, RI*
(when in person)*
Held monthly, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, our experienced foster and adoptive parents are on hand to facilitate all Kinship foster parents as everyone in attendance contributes to provide a safe, understanding space for all in which friendship and real life experiences are shared!
Monday, October 17, 2022
from 8 to 9:30pm
Calling all Grandparents!! Grandparents of all ages are encouraged to attend this support group specifically coordinated for the needs of grandparents. All groups will be meeting via Zoom.
Spanish Speaking Kinship Support Group REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
from 7 - 9 pm currently via Zoom
Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Center - 700 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI*(when in person)*
This Kinship Support Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Minolly Saborio. While experienced foster and adoptive parents are available to facilitate, all Kinship Foster Parents contribute to providing understanding, friendship and real life experiences with foster care and adoption.
Cada tercer miércoles del mes. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Minolly Saborio. Si bien los padres adoptivos y de crianza temporal con experiencia están disponibles para facilitar, todos los asistentes contribuyen a brindar comprensión, amistad y experiencias de la vida real con el cuidado de crianza y la adopción.
de Lengua Española Registrar aquí
Spanish Speaking Peer Group
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7 to 9 pm currently via Zoom
Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Center - 700 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI* (when in person)*
Todos los últimos martes de cada mes. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Minolly Saborio. Mientras que los padres de crianza temporal y adoptivos experimentados están disponibles para facilitar, todos los asistentes contribuyen a proporcionar comprensión, amistad y experiencias de la vida real con el cuidado de crianza y la adopción.
Central RI Village Peer Group REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:30 to 8 pm currently via Zoom
The Village Offices - 139 Ocean Ave, Cranston, RI
from 6 - 7:30 pm (when in person)*
Held monthly at The Village office, 139 Ocean Ave. in Cranston, our centrally located group (when in person) is open to all foster and adoptive families. While experienced foster and adoptive parents are on hand to facilitate, everyone in attendance contributes to provide understanding, friendship, and real life experiences with foster care and adoption.
Southern RI Peer Group REGISTER HERE
Monday, October 24, 2022; consider joining our friends from Westerly on at 7:30 pm currently via Zoom
Northern RI Peer Group REGISTER HERE
Thursday, October 27, 2022 IN-PERSON from 6 to 8:00pm
Cumberland Public Library - 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI
Held monthly at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, this is a great opportunity for our Northern families to meet others in their area (when in person). As with all our support and socialize groups, experienced Village parents will be on hand to provide support and answer questions in a relaxed, judgement free zone. Pizza and drinks are provided when in person sessions begin.
The Village was incorporated in March 2016 as RI’s only foster and adoptive family founded and governed support organization.
We offer support groups, peer mentoring, family activities and help accessing needed resources through our Open Closet. We also are a voice for the foster and adoptive community
We hold regular support groups and periodic family events. We will also post events of interest to our community hosted by others. Please check our calendar regularly and come join our community!