Looking Forward to a New Year

  2018 was a significant year for the agency with much change and growth. With the adoption of a new strategic priority, we learned how to work together to encourage innovation to better serve our youngest and most vulnerable. We spoke for those who could not – successfully advocating for proper funding for children and […]

Holiday Spirit

As you heard last week from Greg, the holidays are one of those time where we see the stressors that families face –  differently and more poignantly. I recently met a mother of two young children who had left another state in order to escape from domestic violence.  She had only been in Rhode Island […]

Our Volunteer Army

Earlier this year, Children’s Friend identified a single Strategic Priority: Too many of the youngest and most vulnerable children in Rhode Island are experiencing devastating outcomes, including death, as a result of abuse and neglect. As stewards of the resources entrusted to us, Children’s Friend is realigning itself to proactively respond to this crisis. So, […]

Families in Crisis

Over the past few months, Children’s Friend Emergency Crisis Fund has experienced more families in need in the area of homelessness and temporary housing.  Situations arise due to being unemployed, under employed, serious illness or in some cases being forced to move due to ending an abusive relationship or the hardship of living with a […]


As we enter the holiday season, I am always inspired by the ways so many folks have made our Holiday Drive a tradition within their own holiday celebration. From handmade mittens sales, to coat, book and toy drives, it truly takes a community to make our annual Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive a success. On […]

National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day happens every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  This year in Rhode Island 23 children joined 19 families.   In our family this day is referred to as the “Best Day Ever”.  Five years ago we sat in a courtroom just like these families,  a bundle of nerves, trying to explain the […]

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

  Today was very special as we at Children’s Friend joined with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, RI Chapter and other non-profits across our State to honor and say thank you to the many donors and volunteers who contribute so much to our work. This morning as we celebrated National Philanthropy Day we specifically honored […]

Our Kids – Where Do They Go From Here?

  We often wonder where our kids go to school after completing our Head Start program.  While our Providence neighborhoods are vibrant with many schools, there is one that draws my attention as I zigzag the local streets on my way to work.   The Paul Cuffee School in the West Broadway area, a place where […]

Helping Kids Through Traumatic Times

Researchers suggest that children who experience emotional trauma early in life have that experience imprinted on their brain–it never goes away.  I think that’s probably true for all of us who live through trauma, regardless of our age. We know “where we were” when momentous or tragic events happen to us personally, to our immediate […]