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EPISODE 1 | What Is Foster & Kinship Care?

In the first episode of "It Takes A Village" from The Village for RI Foster and Adoptive Families we discuss the differences between traditional kinship care and foster care. We address the supports available for kinship families as kinship caregivers ourselves.

EPISODE 2 | Support for Families

In this segment of It takes  A Village, program host, Sue Babin interviews  Rachel Briggs, Kinship Foster Parent and Village Support Group Facilitator, who provides personal insights into her experience and presents a variety of issues for which new families seek support. In Q& A format, Sue also discusses "the Incredible Years" with Dr. Stephanie Shepard-Umaschi, Psychologist, and Director for the Evidence Based Practices, Bradley Hospital.

EPISODE 3 | Trauma and Its Impact on Children

In this episode of It Takes A Village we discuss trauma: what it means, how it affects children of all ages who are involved in foster care, how trauma impacts parenting and family life, and how people can take care of themselves so they can deal with the trauma a child has experienced.

EPISODE 4 | Resources & Opportunities

In this episode we discuss various family-friendly activities and organizations taking place throughout the state. Includes discussions with Valerie Tutson, Creative Director of RI Black Storytellers and Founder of Funda Fest, and Susan Gale, Owner and Publisher of Kidoinfo.

EPISODE 5 | Preparing Kids for Back to School

In this episode, we discuss what happens as children return to school. From the sources of anxiety to how to minimize the stress, we review the most common issues children, as well as parents, face. Moderator, a clinical social worker, and Kinship Foster Parent/Village Support Group Facilitator present resources and honest commentary on their experiences and how to manage them to the benefit of both.

EPISODE 6 | Support Groups and Information for Hispanic Foster/Adoptive Families

This episode of It Takes A Village, "Support Groups and Information for Hispanic Foster/Adoptive Families" is a discussion among hosts and group facilitators for Spanish Families, who are also Peer Mentors and Foster/Adoptive Moms. Family activities and resources are provided, including helpful links for additional information.

In Photo (L-R): Iraida Williams, Sue Babin, Minolly Saborio, Rachel Briggs, Carmen Rosario, and Diana Reynoso 

EPISODE 7 | Building Relationships With Biological Families

The Village for Rhode Island Foster and Adoptive Families addresses the topic of building relationships with biological families. With host Rachel Briggs, a Foster/Adoptive Mother and guests Kim Zandy, and Maya Colantuono, both also Foster/Adoptive Mothers as well as founding members of The Village, they discuss their experiences and explore the issues surrounding the process.


In addition to the discussion, The panel offers valuable resources such as:

EPISODE 8 | Educational Advocates

In this episode of The Village, host Rachel Briggs provides information and resources in her interviews with Sue Babin, President of The Village, and special guests: Jessica Buono, Development Coordinator, Arc Rhode Island; and Amy Rosa, Manager, Washington Park Library, Community Libraries of Providence.

EPISODE 9 | OHA Grant & Kinship Families 55+

This episode of "It Takes A Village" discusses Kinship Connections for Caregivers over the age of 55.


The panel presents the definition of "kinship families" as well as:

• Describes the goals of the grant provided to the Village for Kinship Connections for Caregivers over the age of 55

• Defines the primary functions of the Office of Healthy Aging

• Names the other partners involved with the grant to the Village

• Explores the types of supports that are available to caregivers, including Support Groups, Open Closet, Family Events, Kinship family mentors, Connections with community resources, and more

• Discusses the resources available through OHA and the United Way

EPISODE 10 | The Village Common & Macaroni Kid

This segment of "It Takes A VIllage"/"RI Kinship Community Connections"  covers the Village Common as a resource for people 55+ who are looking for community support as they age in their home, and take care of their families, and Macaroni Kid, which is a go-to resource for families in their communities to connect both online and offline and find activities and programming in their local area. The interview provides an overview of both organizations, from the perspective of how it can be helpful to The Village families and Kinship 55+ families.

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