Rhode Island organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Rhode Island organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

Adoption Rhode Island
Parent Support Network of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Rhode Island Executive Order on Extended Foster Care

Executive Order, dated April 14, 2020, provides protections for older youth in foster care so they can continue receiving services as well as some additional assistance. Executive Order here.

The executive order suspends age requirements for youth in extended care and aftercare programs to allow provision of services after a youth turns age 21.

Eligible youth include youth who are participating in the programs (extended care and aftercare) as of Jan 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Services shall continue for up to 60 days after the termination of the state’s disaster declaration.

The child welfare agency shall provide funds for this order through a request out of the general fund or any other available federal or state funds that may come available.