Residential Services

Kids around Tree with Heart A stable home life provides basic needs for emotional and physical well-being. This is the dream situation for children in residential care who not only come from disadvantaged circumstances but are also faced with a future of uncertainty.

Annually, Child & Family’s residential Services provides safe, predictable and highly engaging living environments to more than 100 youth ages, 8 to 18 in Rhode Island.  Our experienced staff has the tremendous challenge of helping these young people through the complex traumatic conditions they encounter each day.

More than 750,000 children each year in America are abused or neglected, one every 42 seconds. (Source: Children’s Defense Fund)

Our residential treatment programs are designed with an understanding of the impact and consequences of trauma in all clinical and other day-to-day aspects of our residential functions. Our staff are trauma informed trained to recognize the short and long-term effect of abuse and neglect and respond to youth and their families with empathy, sensitivity and respect.  We work with children and their families as individuals and collaborate to find solutions for positive outcomes.

We endeavor to create a sense of “normalcy” by providing home-like and nurturing environments with daily experiences of preparing meals, engaging in learning experiences and making time for recreational play.  These practices stimulate successful social skills acquisition and the ability to self-regulate in day-to-day circumstances.

Our residential youth are offered

  • Diagnostic assessment and individually tailored treatment plans
  • Clinical support and coordination for psychiatric needs
  • Individual, group and family counseling with Masters level clinicians
  • Life skills training
  • Best practice clinical models and approaches
  • Medication evaluation and monitoring
  • Environments that are empowering and include youth choice and control

Ultimately we aim to reunite children with their families and continue to support them in their safety and well-being.  If this goal is not attainable, we work to find long-term permanency  options.  We have a “no eject/no reject” policy at Child & Family.  That means we never say “no” when the Rhode Island Department for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) or another social service agency in the State asks us to take in a child.  We pride ourselves on not giving up on even the most difficult youth who have been placed in our care.

Given these impressionable boys and girls a sense that someone here will always stand up for them is essential to their health and well-being.

Help us to continue to provide safe and healing homes for them with your sponsorship support, financial contributions, product donations and volunteer activities.  Visit our “Get Involved” pages to begin your commitment to these kids that need our support now.