The RI Foster Family Advisory Council (RIFFAC)...

 

Foster families and Family Court Judges both play a critical role in the child welfare system. 

 

Recently, the RI FFAC, along with many foster families and community partners, met with two family court judges for a discussion called “View from the Bench.”  This was an opportunity for listening, learning and understanding.    

Click the link below to listen to the recording.

 

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Topic Talks 9/9 Recorded Resources

On 9/9, The Village held a Topic Talk Support Group on "Returning to School in an Uncertain Pandemic; the Benefits of Routines and Schedules. As promised, here are the video recordings from The Village, https://youtu.be/oD38vlgZyPAas well as from our guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Umaschi, Ph.D., https://drive.google.com/.../1WVvPta18oTLTsamkdCk.../view... We hope you will find these resources helpful.

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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.  

**NEW**  - GRANDPARENTS Kinship Support Group    REGISTER HERE

Monday, December 13, 2021

from 8 to 9:30pm

Grandparents of all ages are encouraged to attend this support group  specific support specifically for grandparents.  Groups will be meeting via Zoom.    

Spanish Speaking Kinship Support Group    REGISTER HERE   

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 

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.

So. County (Westerly) Kinship Support Group  REGISTER HERE

Monday, December 27, 2021

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, December 28, 2021

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!

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Compañeros de Lengua Española   Registrar aquí

Spanish Speaking Peer Group

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6 to 8 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. 

Every last Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact Minolly Saborio. While experienced foster and adoptive parents are available to facilitate, all attendees contribute to providing understanding, friendship and real life experiences with foster care and adoption.

Southern RI Peer Group   REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 7:30 pm currently via Zoom

Exeter Public Library - 773 Ten Rod Rd, Exeter, RI*

from 6:30 - 8 pm (when in person)*

Held monthly in Southern Rhode Island, this is a great opportunity for our Southern 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 groups are in session.

Central RI Village Peer Group    REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 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. 

Northern RI Peer Group   REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, December 22, 2021  8 to 9:00 pm currently via Zoom

Cumberland Public Library - 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI

from 6 - 7:30 pm (when in person)*

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.

***NEW Topic Talks Support Groups***  

 REGISTER HERE

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 8 to 9:30pm (via Zoom)

  • For ALL Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families

  • Topic - TBD

About us

The Village was incorporated in March 2016 as RI’s only foster and adoptive family founded and governed support organization.

Services

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

Events

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!

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