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 admin@rivillage.org; for information in Spanish TheHeartTree.org.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Click here for resources that are available for caregivers ages 55+.

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The Village's Strategic Planning Meeting - 10/2/2022

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The Village was recently featured on the Rhode Show!
Watch the episode below...

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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.  

GRANDPARENTS Kinship Support Group   REGISTER HERE

2nd Monday of Every Month (unless noted on calendar due to holiday), 10/17, 11/14 and 12/12/2022

1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14 and 9/11/2023

from 8 to 9:30pm currently via Zoom

 

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

3rd Wednesday of Every Month

10/19, 11/16 and 12/21/2022

1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16 and 9/20/2023 

from 7 - 9 pm currently via Zoom

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 Kinship Support Group  REGISTER HERE

4th Monday of Every Month

10/24, 11/28 and 12/19/2022

1/23, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/24, 8/28 and 9/25/2023

from 8 - 9:30 pm currently via Zoom

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

4th Tuesday of Every Month

10/25, 11/22 and 12/27/2022

1/24, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22 and 9/19/2022 

from 6:30 - 8 pm currently via Zoom

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!

Central RI Village Peer Group    REGISTER HERE

3rd Tuesday of Every Month

10/18, 11/15 and 12/20/2022

1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15 and 9/12/2023

from 6:30 to 8pm currently via Zoom

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

3rd Wednesday of Every Month

10/19, 11/16 and 12/21/2022

1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16 and 9/20/2023 

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.

de Lengua Española   Registrar aquí

Spanish Speaking Peer Group

LAST Tuesday of Every Month

10/25, 11/29 and 12/27/2022

1/31*, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/30, 6/27, 7/25, 8/29 and 9/26

from 7 to 9 pm currently via Zoom

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. 

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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