Residents of the Children's Home of Newport Playing, circa 1960's
As the Neighborhood learns the value of skimmed milk, more children from the Home are sent to the Dairy for it, circa 1920s
The Home for Friendless Children, 1900
Residents of the Home enjoying new playground equipment, 1960
Home BedroomTypical Children's Home Bedroom, circa 1950s
Mother and Children at Child & Family Services of Newport County
Matron of Home explaining the value of skimmed milk to Children and Staff of the Home, circa 1920s
Orphans Living at the Home for Friendless Children pose for a Photo, circa 1890s
Home Economics Visitor instructing a Mother in Budget Making, circa 1920s
Governor of RI, John H. Chafee, visited the Home in 1966 on the Celebration of its 100th Anniversary
Child & Family Services Volunteer Visiting Elders in the Newport Community

About Us

Welcome to Child & Family, where we strengthen families, their members and the communities in which they live. At Child & Family, we hold two core beliefs. That individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members. These beliefs influence everything we do and have guided our growth since we first opened our doors in 1866.

Our Mission

“To strengthen individuals, families and the communities in which they live by identifying needs and utilizing best practices.”

Our Vision

“Empowered, engaged community members who thrive”.

Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.  It is a center for community involvement – a place where people come together to give help, to receive help and to support the work of others. With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family provides important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders throughout Rhode Island each year.

Today, Child & Family

  • Extends help to more than 6,000 community “family” members each year.
  • Offers overnight housing for more than 150 people each night
  • Has an annual operating budget of more than $14 million
  • Employs approximately 200 employees and coordinates a volunteer pool of more than 300 community members
  • Operates and maintains 8 facilities
  • Delivers an extensive array of family programming including: Child care, individual and family counseling, treatment foster care, and in-home family strengthening programs
  • Arranges for children without families a safe place to live in a family environment
  • Affords homeless mothers supportive housing so that they and their children can have a safe place to live, and where they can learn the parenting and job skills they require to ultimately take full responsibility for themselves and their families
  • Provides teens and young adults, both in school and in the community, with student assistance services, substance abuse counseling, school to career guidance, and general counseling programming
  • Delivers available care management and neighborhood friendly visiting services to elders

Type of Organization
Private, 501(c)(3) non-profit provider of social services

Funding Sources
Federal & State Contracts, United Way Funding, Fees, Grants and Private Donations


Our History

1866: The Civil War ends in 1865 and one year later the Home for Friendless Children opens its doors at 24 School Street, Newport, RI

1878: The Charity Organization Society of Newport is founded & is renamed “Family Services Society” in 1946

1917: The Home issues its first appeal for funds during Christmas. 100 paper bags are distributed and 90 are returned, providing abundantly for the Home

1924: The Home establishes a Daycare for children of working mothers

1929: The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known at Black Tuesday, ushers in the Great Depression along with 2,263 applications for assistance, an increase of 882 more than any year in the Home’s history

1932: “We plan that each child have at least a dime to spend.” (December Log)

1956: The Home for Friendless Children is renamed The Children’s Home of Newport

1960: Orphanages become obsolete nationwide and the Home transitions into a short-term Emergency Care Facility

1966: The Home celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

1968: The Home adds Counseling Services, becoming a “Case Work Agency”

1970: The Home and The Family Services Society merge to become Child & Family Services of Newport County (CFS).  CFS establishes its Elder Services program

1982: CFS establishes a formal Volunteer program

1983: CFS hosts the first annual Taste of Newport

1986: CFS opens the Portsmouth Center, it’s first Residential Group Home for children

1988: CFS constructs a second program and services site on Valley Road in Middletown, RI

1996: CFS opens Winslow Place, a shelter for homeless women & their children

2007: CFS rebrands to Child & Family

2009: Child & Family moves from its home of almost 145 years to the newly constructed multi-service Community Center in Middletown

2012: Child & Family is selected as one of two lead agencies in the State’s new System of Care for children & families and acquires Casey Family Services’ Foster Care program

2013: Child & Family opens a second multi-service Community Center in Providence

2013: Child & Family expands its Elder Services program to Providence

2015: Child & Family conducts Strategic Plan

2016: Child & Family commences its 150th Anniversary celebration