May is National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month originated in May 1988. The original focus was to give foster parents the recognition they deserved for opening their homes to foster children in need and caring for them.  This year’s theme is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families”.

In 1834 our founder Harriet Ware recognized an unmet need for Rhode Island’s vulnerable homeless children by providing them with a safe and temporary place to stay while she recruited caring families to take these children in and provide them with a home.

All children deserve a safe, loving home and family.  When a crisis hits a family, it may not be safe for children and their parents to live together.  Children placed through our agency range in age from birth to 6 years old. Some of the children may have been abused, neglected, been born with a positive drug screen or may be waiting to be placed for adoption. Foster parents provide a safe, temporary place for children to live during these transitions.

Children’s Friend kicks off our year of honoring, uniting and celebrating families at our annual Foster Parent appreciation dinner which will be held on May 26, 2016.

I would like to thank all foster parents for making a contribution in the community as well as a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Also, to our dedicated Permanency Team for the support they provide year round to our foster families.

To learn about the joys of being a Foster Parent, please contact Joyce LaFrance Tormey at 401-276-4318 or email her at to make an appointment that fits your schedule.

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