If you are employed, involved, or just interested in child and family welfare and well-being, you have most likely come across the term “ACEs,” which is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences.  The term originated in the groundbreaking seminal study conducted between 1995 and 1997 by the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente health […]

Ewok This Way!

In less than one week the Annual Children’s Friend Walk and Run will happen—and the 7-day forecast shows the day to be warm and sunny.  Staff teams have been hard at work raising money by holding creative and fun events and contests.  My team, Ewok This Way (Hartford/Manton sites) will likely hit the $3,000 mark […]

Ray McKenna: Stepping Up to Protect Children

In a recent article published in the Providence Journal, writer Ray McKenna speaks about the history of Irish immigrants in America and Rhode Island specifically, the role that Children’s Friend played in protecting children, and comparison to immigration today. Please click here to see the article.                  

Kinship Care

  Did you know that across Rhode Island, about 14,000 children (6%) are living with grandparents and 4,500 (2%) are living with other non-parent relatives?  This practice, spanning generations and cultures, is called “kinship care.”  Following Children’s Friend’s strategic priority to align ourselves with the youngest and most vulnerable children in RI, the Volunteer Army […]


In 32 days Children’s Friend will host its annual Walk for Children.  This will be the ninth year that I’m attending, and more importantly, help raise money for the kids and families served by Children’s Friend.  When we kicked off the event among staff I was asked to pose for the picture in this post.  […]

#whyiwalkCF – Staff Teams Spotlight

The Children’s Friend Annual 5K Walk & Run is a huge tradition at the agency.  This week, I’d like to highlight the tremendous efforts of our staff teams. Each year, a friendly competition grows between our sites as staff work towards the goal of raising the most dollars for the event.  Besides bragging rights, there […]

Look For and Be One of the Helpers

Twelve years ago I arrived in Rhode Island and began a job in the world of early childhood.  I had not worked with kids younger than 5 years old, so I spent a fair amount of time listening to those who were the experts at the agency and a few iconic figures.  One of those […]

State of Babies Yearbook 2019

  A new report released by ZERO TO THREE and Child TRENDS, titled “State of Babies Yearbook 2019”, gives Rhode Island high marks overall for policies and programs which achieve good outcomes relating to supporting the healthy development and well-being of Rhode Island’s babies and toddlers. While overall Rhode Island ranks very well compared to […]

What Are Your Strengths?

Think about a great day at work… Did you make a meaningful connection with a client? Knuckle down and complete an important project? Energize your colleagues around a shared goal? Strategize to overcome a business challenge? Odds are, you were at your best when you engaged your unique strengths and talents on the job. In […]