The Children’s Cabinet

Children’s Friend is excited that Governor Raimondo has reconvened the Children’s Cabinet in Rhode Island. Although established as state law, the cabinet has not been active in recent years. With the many challenges facing the welfare of our state’s children it is important to have a diverse and comprehensive group

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2016 Annual Budget

Children’s Friend is excited that Governor Raimondo has reconvened the Children’s Cabinet in Rhode Island. Although established as state law, the cabinet has not been active in recent years. With the many challenges facing the welfare of our state’s children it is important to have a diverse and comprehensive group

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Back to School!

It’s happened; big signs all over stores and television ads for “Back to School” sales.  I for one have not even been to the beach yet this summer, so the news that back to school is around the corner already has me thinking of next summer! Summer is not really

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December Holidays Are Around the Corner…

No, this is not a joke, and yes, we are aware that it is still the middle of the summer! But, at Children’s Friend, the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive planning starts while the weather is warm and summer is in full swing. There’s still plenty of time for beach

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Healthy Food – Healthy Families

Did you know that EBT or SNAP cards give you access and discounts to incredible locally grown fresh food at our local Farmers Market? Fresh fruit and vegetables are a wonderful way to get important nutrients for you and your family.  And what could be better than getting extra to

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Mental Health Concerns and Children

A recently released report by the Child Mind Institute concluded that there is a crisis in the number of children struggling with mental health concerns and the small number who actually get help. The study found that 49% of the children have a diagnosed mental illness at some point during

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Independence

As I was celebrating Independence Day and enjoying time off with family and friends, I remembered that it was 239 years ago that the Continental Congress adopted the “Declaration of Independence”, on July 4, 1776! And just a short 58 years later in 1834, Children’s Friend and Service was founded

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The Summer Food Service Program

Although summer may be here the need for children to access quality nutrition does not disappear.  Children and families who count on breakfast and lunch programs during the school year can continue to benefit from meal programs during the summer as well. The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the

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Happy Father’s Day ~ 2015 Foster Families Appreciation Dinner

On Thursday, June 18th, we celebrated our foster families during our annual dinner held at Davenport’s Restaurant in East Providence, RI. This year’s event was dedicated to all of our foster fathers in honor of Father’s Day on June 21st.  Foster service awards were presented to four families for providing

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Do You Know About the “Gaze”?

When you gather together a room of people committed to infants, toddlers and their families…you find yourself with people who know lots about the “gaze”, that critically important moment when a baby is connecting with a caring adult.  The first 1000 days of a child’s life are unparalleled with regards

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