Anchor Weekend

This past weekend Children’s Friend was proud to be part of Anchor Weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Thanks to the leadership and organization of DCYF, generous funders, and the support of dozens of community based organizations almost 200 families started the journey to become foster homes for children in need in Rhode Island. […]

The new IRS W-4 Employee Withholding Form

    With Children’s Friend staff over 400 strong, I was awaiting the IRS publication of the new Form W-4.  As expected, it rises to a level of complexity for our dedicated payroll team. As a CPA, I was a little excited to test drive the IRS’s new withholding calculator.  Using this online tool in […]

New Year. Fresh Face!

Over the weekend, our updated website launched – check it out: We’re really excited about this fresh, new look and hope you’ll love it as much as we do. You can help us spread the word about our new site. A simple way to support our mission to improve the healthy development of Rhode […]

Toxic Stress

There is no question that toxic stress has a devastating impact on a child’s developing brain.  The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has provided extensive research about the impact of prolonged stress and we know that toxic stress can set a child up for heart disease, diabetes, and depression in addition to […]

Update on the Federal Budget

While there are still many threats and challenges to our most vulnerable kids and families, we are thrilled that the spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the President on February 9th included a 10 year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a 5 year reauthorization of the Maternal Infant and […]

Recruiting Foster Parents

A few weeks ago, my colleague Aimee Mitchell touched upon the upcoming Resource Family Retreat. Upon reading recent articles in our local newspaper regarding the need for foster parents, I was compelled to also write about this first-of-its-kind retreat. The RI Department of Children, Youth & Families will be conducting a weekend-long Resource Family Retreat […]

Winter Fun for Families

  Well, there’s plenty to do in and around Rhode Island for free or at a very low cost, like the RISD Museum for free on Sundays, or half-price admission to Roger Williams Park Zoo in January and February, and, you can even touch the animals at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Family Nature Night!One of the […]


This past weekend marked the first year of new leadership for the country and it also marked the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March. At the same time, we observed the first two days of a federal shutdown, which was thankfully short-lived.  The milestones of this past weekend have made me reflect on the past […]

A New Year

As we begin a new year, unfortunately dark clouds hang over the well-being of our most vulnerable kids. On a federal level inaction by Congress has left two important programs for vulnerable kids up in the air. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) both […]