Note: All phone numbers are
401 area code unless indicated otherwise
Family Services
| Foster Care | Bereaved Parents | Child And Family Services
Boys Town New England


Adoption Options
A Service of Jewish Family Services, 959 N. Main Street, Providence.
Services available for birth parents, adoptive parents and children,
including home studies, placements and pre/post-adoption counseling.

Adoption R.I.
2 Bradford Street, Providence.

Alliance for Children
500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
International adoption services.

Catholic Social Services
1600 Bay Street, Fall River, MA.

Children’s Friend
153 Summer Street, Providence.
At Children's Friend, we believe it is every child's right to grow up in a stable, loving home.

Lutheran Community Services of New England
116 Rolfe Street, Cranston.
International adoptions, support & education.

Urban League of Rhode Island
351-5000, ext 138
246 Prairie Avenue, Providence.

Foster Care


Boys Town
58 Flanagan Road, Portsmouth.
Boys & girls, ages 2-18.

Child and Family Treatment Foster Care

1268 Eddy Street, Providence.
Boys & girls, infancy to age 17.

Children's Friend
153 Summer Street, Providence.

Communities for People

Department of Children Youth & Families
Boys & girls, infant-18.

Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care of Rhode Island
33 College Hill Road, Warwick.

Family Resources
8 Court Street, Woonsocket.

Family Service of RI
All ages. Contact: Greg Wright.

Foster Forward

Foster Parent Help Line
55 South Brow Street, East Providence.
Boys & girls, ages infant-21.

Groden Center
274-6310, x1259
Boys & girls, ages 5-21.

North American Family Institute
Boys and girls, ages 11-17.

Tannerhill Specialized Foster Care

Urban League Rhode Island
351-5000, x117
246 Prairie Avenue, Providence.

Bereaved Parents

Compassionate Friends
Support group for parents who are grieving the loss of a child. We meet at The Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street, Providence, 7pm, the second Monday of each month. Visit for more information or schedule changes. Contacts: Sheila at 272-6267 or Lucille at 231-9229.

Friends Way
765 West Shore Road, Warwick.
FRIENDS WAY (Families Reaching Into Each New Day) is the only family bereavement center in Rhode Island and serves families throughout Southeastern New England. FRIENDS WAY remains steadfast in our commitment of providing peer support to grieving families in a safe, nurturing environment and is staffed with mental health professionals and extensively trained volunteers from the community who assist children and their families through their grief with comfort and support from peers struggling with similar feelings of loss.

Newport Hospital - Infant Death Support Group
For those who have lost an infant through SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Meets every 4th Wed in the McClarin Living Rm.

Miscarriage, Infant Death & Stillbirth Support Group (M.I.S.)
274-1122, x4049
Ronald McDonald House, 45 Gay Street, Providence.
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Wed. of each month at 7pm. Sponsored by W&I Hospital.

Pregnancy After Loss Support (P.A.L.S.)
274-1122, x4049
Ronald McDoanld House, 45 Gay Street, Providence.
Support group for expectant parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, infant death or stillborn; meets the second Wednesday of each month, 7pm.
Sponsored by W&I Hospital.

Samaritans Safe Place
A support group where family members and friends share emotional pain caused by suicide.
Need to Talk Listening Line: 272-4044 or 1-800-365-4044

Child and Family Services

Guidance/Support for Kids | Services That Grant Wishes For Children | Guidance/Support For Families
Help Dealing With Violence | More Resources & Support | General Resources

Guidance And Support For Kids

Provides support groups for teenagers (and adults) with alcoholic or chemically dependent parents, family members or friends.

106 Rolfe Square, Cranston.
Support for teenagers who have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. Many locations in R.I.

Big Brothers of R.I.
3300 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
1540 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
One to one mentoring program for young girls & boys (7-14) with the need for a positive male/female role model in their lives. Mentors are 19+.

Kids Peace New England
Provide short term/long term residential programs for children 8-18 exhibiting various emotional and/or behavioral difficulties at home or school. Also Autistic Spectrum Disorder residential and day treatment programs.

The Northern Rhode Island Collaborative
640 George Washington Highway Suite 200, Lincoln.
The NRIC is a public, non-profit educational agency established in 1987 which provides a variety of programs and services to its member districts in northern Rhode Island. Programs include: The Regional Alternative Program serving school age children, grades K-12, who have been diagnosed as behaviorally disordered and/or seriously emotionally disturbed with needs that cannot be met in a traditional classroom setting. The Specialized Alternative Program serves children ranging in age from 3 to 21 years with multiple disabilities, develop- mental delay, language disorders, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The Transition Employment Center serves potentially employable students, ages 18 to 21, who need additional school-to-career transition services. The Auditory-Oral Project, in conjunction with the RI Dept. of Ed., offers an educational option for eligible students who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and speak as their primary method of communicating.

Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake
Located in a peaceful setting on the shores of Wallum Lake in Pascoag, the Academy provides individualized education and residential substance abuse treatment for adolescent boys ages 14 to 18. Healthy recreational activities are also provided in an effort to encourage drug- and alcohol-free lifestyles.

Run Away Services
Crisis line for runaways or parents of runaways.

A program that provides support for siblings of children with chronic illness or disabilities.

Women & Infants Hospital
Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic: 274-1122, ext 48935
Offers clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders, or parental concerns of an ASD.
Behavior and Development Clinic: 274-1122, ext 48935
Provides clinical services to infants, toddlers, and/or pre-school age children with behavioral, developmental, and/or emotional concerns.
Infant Toddler Sleep Service: 274-1122, ext 48935
Works with families to treat infant and toddler sleep problems.

Youth Pride RI
Provides support, advocacy, and education for youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.Food pantry open to public by appointment.

Services that Grant Wishes for Children

Children's Wish Group of RI, Inc.
2346 Post Road, Suite 102, Warwick.
At Children's Wishes, we grant wishes to Rhode Island Children ages 2 1/2 to 18 years facing life-threatening medical conditions with an emphasis on personalization, treating each eligible child with the care and attention they deserve. We hope that the memories for the wish child and his/her family will fortify them during the difficult days that lie ahead and strengthen them to cope with the challenges of that child's illness. We make every effort to include the child's immediate family; restoring strong family bonds and creating experiences that will last a lifetime. Whether it be a magical trip to Disney World, a bedroom makeover to ensure the comforts of home, a shopping spree to prepare for school or change of season, a
special needs computer, or taking a therapeutic swim with the dolphins, Children's Wishes helps make dreams become a reality. All our families, donors, and volunteers are invited to be part of our wish community.

The Impossible Dream
575 Centerville Road, Warwick.
The Impossible Dream makes dreams possible for chronically-ill children. Some dreams have included trips to theme parks, specialized medical equipment or recreational toys, meetings with celebrities, and lifts for vans. The special Impossible Dream playground has fully integrated playground equipment for both physically challenged and able bodied children. The playground is open to the public free of charge and includes a mini golf course, picnic area, basket ball, sand boxes, a variety of playground toys. Playground is open Wed. through Sat., from April - October, 10am-3pm, closed holidays and holiday weekends.

A Wish Come True
1010 Warwick Avenue, Warwick.
A Wish Come True is an organization dedicated to granting wishes to children between the ages of 3-18 that have life threatening illnesses. Wishes granted have included puppies, bikes, computers, trips, meetings with celebrities, and shopping sprees.

Make A Wish Rhode Island & Massachusetts
20 Hemingway Drive, East Providence.
The Make A Wish Foundation grants special wishes to RI & MA children between the ages of 2 1/2 & 18 with life threatening medical conditions.

Guidance And Support For Families

ADDult Support Group of RI
hotline: 1-617-697-8061
A non-profit and educational organization for adults with ADD or ADHD. Meets 3rd Thurs of the month. 7-9pm (except for July, August, and December) in the Pine Room, Bradley Hospital.

AIDS Project RI
9 Pleasant Street, Providence.
This community-based organization helps local individuals and families cope with AIDS.

Alcohol and Drug Helpline 24 hrs/ 7days

500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, a Phoenix House Program, helps individuals and families who are troubled with alcohol and other drug dependence through a Recovery Housing Program, a 24-Hour Helpline for those seeking treatment, and participation in local health and wellness fairs.

Child & Family
849-2300, 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown.
781-3669, 1268 Eddy Street, Providence.
Services and programs offered include Child Care, Individual, Family and Substance Abuse Counseling, Family Care Coordinating Programs, Elder Care Services, and much more.

Children’s Friend
153 Summer Street, Providence.
Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. We accomplish this by providing flexible, effective, and culturally-relevant services, and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families.

Comprehensive Community Action
Numerous programs and services from Head Start programs to parenting classes to health services.

Crossroad RI (formerly Traveler’s Aid)
160 Broad Street, Providence.
Provide help - food, shelter, medical, referrals - for children and adults who are homeless or near homeless (including run-a-ways).

Family Resources Community Action
245 Main Street, Woonsocket.
Support services and classes for parents.

FAB - For Anything But alcohol, drugs or tobacco.
Providing substance free activities in the community fostering a role model approach to underage substance use and prevention.

Family Service of RI
55 Hope Street and 134 Thurbers Avenue in Providence.
Programs include mental health & substance abuse treatment; Early Intervention (EI) for infants & toddlers with developmental issues; group homes for children; case management, including specialized case management for people living with HIV/AIDS. Also a school for children with special needs called Mount Pleasant Academy, and more. Family Service is also a foster care & adoption agency, and is seeking loving families for children in need.

Family Therapy Clinic
Butler Hospital provides help with parenting issues, especially with adolescents, relationship and women’s issues, marital issues, mental illness, life stage adjustments or role changing issues, & issues pertaining to the loss due to death or divorce, etc.

Family to Family of RI
Network created by families for families of children and adults with special needs. No cost to be a part of network.

The Groden Center
86 Mt. Hope Avenue, Providence.
2 St. Vincent DePaul Street, Coventry.
Specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, families and persons with special needs. Ph.D. licensed psychologists, certified social workers. Counseling & assessments/ therapeutic services include Special Education, Vocational Education, Socialization, Stress Management & Behavior Therapy.

Bradley Hospital And Hasbro Children’s Hospital Special Programs:

For more information about these and other Lifespan health systems programs contact the Lifespan Health Connection at 444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230 or go online to
Parenting Matters
Presented by Bradley Hospital, Parenting Matters is Rhode Island’s premier event on raising and working with children. Registration includes keynote presentation, choice of workshops on a wide range of topics related to children’s mental health and behavior, and an exhibitor family resource center
Speaking of Kids
Presented by Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a series of workshop presentations on topics of importance to parents, families and caregivers.

Goodwill Industries
100 Houghton Street, Providence.
Goodwill is a vocational rehabilitation agency that provides job training and employment services for those with disabilities & other barriers to employment.

International House of R.I.
8 Stimson Avenue, Providence.
Helps temporary international residents of Rhode Island.

Jewish Family Service
959 North Main Street, Providence.
Range of support services, including individual, couples and family counseling and support groups

John Hope Settlement House
7 Thomas P. Whitten Way, Providence.
Offers a family-life education program.

Jonnycake Center
1231 Kingston Road, Peace Dale.
Aids low-income families offering food, clothing and household items, and emergency assistance.

Looking Upwards
438 East Main Road, Middletown.
Supporting children with special healthcare needs to develop to their fullest potential is the focus of Looking Upwards’ children’s program. To promote children’s growth, we bring together expertise in a wide array of disciplines. Our caring clinical team listens to each family’s goals for their child and creates an individualized plan. Services are offered in the child’s home, community, school and other natural settings. We help children to develop their strengths, learn new skills and successfully participate in the world around them. Services are available for children from birth to young adults and include: Early Intervention, Home Based Therapeutic Services (HBTS), PASS, School-to-Career Transition, and Behavioral Consulting Services. Founded in 1978, Looking Upwards is a nonprofit agency supporting adults with developmental disabilities and children with special healthcare needs to live fulfilling lives.

Meals on Wheels
70 Bath Street, Providence.
Provides hot meals to the elderly. Volunteers and donations needed.

Meeting Street
1000 Eddy Street, Providence.
Meeting Street provides quality inclusive education with clinical expertise, therapeutic and developmental services to children and young adults of all abilities, to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Navy Fleet & Family Support Center
1260 Peary Street, Newport.
Parenting classes and various family workshops available to all Rhode Island military families including National Guard and Reserve.

The Parent Support Network of RI
1395 Atwood Avenue, Suite 114, Johnston.
Provides support, education, and advocacy training for families of children and youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Statewide,non-profit. “Time Banks” program.

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Support group for parents, families and friends of gays and lesbians, to share support and understanding about homosexuality. Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at the MET School, 325 Public Street, Providence at 6:45-8:45pm.

Bradley Hospital Parent Support Group
For parents and families of children with emotional, behavioral, psychiatric, or developmental challenges. Meets monthly 2nd Thurs, 6:30-8pm in the Pine Room at Bradley Hospital. Babysitting is available, but must be scheduled in advance.
Other Support Groups include: Friend social skills group: A weekly social skills group for children and parents; T.A.G: (Teen Anxiety Group): A weekly anxiety management group for teens and their parents or guardians; Incredible Years group: A weekly group for parents of children who have low frustration tolerance. For more information or to enroll, call Bradley Hospital’s Outpatient Department at 401-432-1119, or email

Parents. The Anti-Drug
Website has loads of resources, tips for parents and teens. Resource for services in Rhode Island.

Phoenix House Detoxification Services
251 Main Street, Exeter.
Phoenix House provides short-term medically monitored residential detoxification in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility. Clients are admitted 24/7 by registered nurses. Each client is seen by a licensed physician. Treatment focuses on medical needs, detoxification issues, and aftercare.

Phoenix House Outpatient Services
With four locations throughout RI (Pascoag, Providence, Wakefield, Westerly), outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services are provided to adolescents and adults whose substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues do not warrant residential care.

Phoenix House Residential Treatment for Adults

Men’s Program (Exeter)
Women’s Program (Providence)
Phoenix House provides gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment for men and women in two separate programs. Family involvement in the recovery process is stressed, with family counseling sessions an integral part of treatment.

Project Link
134 Thurbers Avenue, Suite 212, Providence.
Women & Infants’ outpatient treatment program that specialized in improving the health and well-being
of pregnant women and women with young children who are impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues.

The Providence Center
530 North Main Street, Providence.
The Providence Center provides treatment and supportive services to adults, children, adolescents and families who experience mental health, addiction, emotional or behavioral problems. Most major insurances accepted.

R.I. Donation Exchange Program
20 River Avenue, Providence.
Makes furniture/household and clothes items available to qualifying low-income families at a reduced price. Donations accepted.

R.I. Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue, Providence.
Distributes food to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens & others.

R.I. Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
RIPIN is a state-wide, non-profit organization that provides information, training, support and advocacy to parents seeking help for their children.

R.I.S.E. (Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education)
Scholarships and mentors for children with a parental history of incarceration.

Ronald McDonald House
45 Gay Street, Providence.
A warm, compassionate, supportive place for families to stay while a child in their family is being treated in one of the nearby hospitals.

Samaritans of Rhode Island
Hotline: 272-4044, 1-800-365-4044
Safe Place: support group for adults who have lost a loved one or friend to suicide. The program is free and meets each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m .- 8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) at the First Unitarian Church Community Center, 1 Benevolent St., Providence.

Seven Hills Rhode Island
Woonsocket: 597-6700
Cranston: 921-1470
Day habilitation, residential, developmental, vocational, medical, and behavioral health supports for children, adults and families with disabilities and significant life challenges.

St. Mary's Home for Children
420 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence.
Divided Yet United Program provides seminars for divorcing parents, including how to reduce the familial conflict surrounding a divorce.

STEP Groups
2 Lower College Road, Kingston.
The URI Family Therapy Clinic offers 7 week STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program for parents of young children (ages 1-6), middle school children, and teens. Parents learn communication skills, positive discipline techniques, ways to build self-esteem and more. Individual or group.

Clinical Services for Youth (CSY)
100 Bullocks Pt. Avenue, Middletown.
Offers crisis intervention, counseling and outreach geared toward meeting the needs of and achieving stability for youth ages 9-17 and their families, who reside in Newport County.

J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
3445 Post Road, Warwick.
Trudeau's mission is to promote an enhanced quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

West Bay Community Action
224 Buttonwoods Avenue, Warwick.
WBCA is the only multi-service agency serving the basic needs of Kent County residents. We help individuals and families become self-sufficient and improve their lives.
The Business Services Division: Assessment, education, training, and job placement. The division works with employers throughout the region to link them with job-ready employment candidates.
Children's Service Division: Prides itself in delivering high quality comprehensive early care and education programs for children & families.
Family Resources: Includes programs addressing housing, food services and more

Help Dealing With Violence

Child Abuse Hotline (DCYF)

Child & Family
Middletown: 31 John Clarke Road
Providence: 623 Atwells Avenue, Ste 201
Supportive Housing Program - Women with children under the age of 12, looking for a safe haven and a fresh start, can find caring support, guidance and a temporary place to live. The program provides life skills training, education and vocational guidance, good parenting strategies, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, access to health services, and assistance in locating permanent housing.

Child Protection Program | Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Provides services for children who may have been victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse, neglect or factitious disorders.

Comprehensive Community Action
Numerous programs and services including Victims of Crime Program and Anger Management Group for adolescents.

Day One
100 Medway Street, Providence.
Offers individual counseling (on a sliding fee scale) for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Advocacy and support services. Hospital and police accompaniment for victims of crime.

Institute for the Study & Practice of Non-Violence
265 Oxford Street, Providence.
Educates school and community groups with the history, principles and practices of nonviolence. Street Workers Program, a team of community members who teach non-violence by responding immediately to crisis situations and maintaining a strong presence in the streets as mentors, mediators & advocates.

Legal Advocacy
Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, McGrath Judicial Complex, Rte. 1, Wakefield.
Assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders, victim support in the family and district courts, advocacy for individuals whose partners have been arrested for domestic violence and legal referrals for related issues. Weekdays, 8:30am-1, 2-4:30pm.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This lifeline will connect you to local services.

Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island
A statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to helping families raise safe and healthy children by: providing free parenting brochures and newsletters to individuals and agencies; advocating in our state and local offices on behalf of families and children; and educating Rhode Islanders about child abuse and neglect issues through public awareness campaigns.

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
467-9940, Hotline: 1-800-494-8100
422 Post Road, Suite 102, Warwick.
Offers information, referral, shelter, and support groups for women, children, and families.

There are six member organizations (all 24-hour):

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
Block Island, Narragansett, N. Kingstown, S. Kingstown, Westerly, Hope Valley, Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond, Charelstown

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Warwick, W. Warwick, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Cranston, Foster, Johnston, North Providence, Scituate

Sojourner House
Woonsocket, Smithfield, N. Smithfield, Glocester, Burrillville

Women’s Center of Rhode Island
Providence, East Providence, RI State Police arrests: Lincoln and Chepachet barracks, Dept Environmental Management

Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties
Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, Warren, Barrington

RI Rape Crisis Center See Day One

RI Violence Prevention Network
Resource of violence prevention programs.

Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR)
Advocacy and resources for survivors of domestic violence.

St. Mary's Home for Children
420 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence.
Comprehensive treatment facility for boys and girls who may have been traumatized by abuse, as well as those experiencing psychiatric and/or emotional impacts. Children are treated and cared for in both the residential treatment program located in North Providence and the outpatient facility, the Shepherd Program, located in North Providence.

Victims of Crime Helpline
24 Hours -1-800-494-8100

Suicide Prevention Training Programs
Funds are available to train school personnel, clinicians, parents and staff of community-based organizations who work with youth in order to successfully ID potentially suicidal youth and refer them to appropriate services.

For more information, contact:

RI Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program: 222-5960

RI Student Assistance Services: 732-8680,
A statewide school-based alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention/early intervention program located in 42 schools across the state. This program makes highly trained student assistance counselors available to students and their families.

More Resources & Support

369-0045 Meets first Wed. of the month at Bradley Hospital. Promotes and provides education and support for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults and children.

PeaceLove Studios
999 Main St., Unit 704, Pawtucket.
PeaceLove is dedicated to breaking the "silence" surrounding mental ill- ness through art and creative expression.

AIDS Care Ocean State
18 Parkis Avenue, Providence.

Anorexia and Bulimia Assoc. of RI
35 S. Angell Street, Providence.
Offers support and referrals.

Arthritis Foundation, New England Region, Inc.
2348 Post Road, Suite 104, Warwick.
Your local Arthritis Foundation chapter offers information, programs and services to assist you.

Asperger/Autism Network - RI Chapter
Barbara Whalen at 333-1705
Support group for parents of adults or older children with Asperger’s Disorder. Meets second Monday of the month during the school year in the Pine Room at Bradley Hospital.

(Asthma) Community Education and CVS/pharmacy Draw a Breath Programs
The CVS/pharmacy Draw A Breath program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is designed to help children with asthma improve the management of their condition.

(Autism) Community Autism Resources
508-379-0371, x11, 16, 13

Autism Project
1516 Atwood Avenue, Johnston.

(Blindness) DHS Services for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

(Blindness) IN-SIGHT
43 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.
Family support groups for people with visual impairments or who are legally blind.

(Blindness) National Federation of the Blind of RI
PO Box 14404, East Providence.

Brain Injury Assoc. of RI
935 Park Avenue, Suite 8, Cranston.

Cancer Information Service of the Nat’l Cancer Institute

(Cancer) Kids Talk
274-1122, x47284
This Women & Infants Hospital’s Breast Health Center support group is for kids ages 6 to teens whose family members have been diagnosed with cancer. Sessions are scheduled on Monday, 4 pm, second floor, Women & Infants’ Breast Health Center, One Blackstone Place, Prov. Please call for specific dates.

(Cancer) Tomorrow Fund
Providing emotional and financial support to families with children undergoing long-term cancer treatment in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Cystic Fibrosis RI/MA Chapter
Local chapter: 508-655-6000

(American) Diabetes Association
146 Clifford Street, Providence.
ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes. Monday thru Friday 9-5.

Down Syndrome Society of RI
99 Bald Hill Road, Cranston.

Epilepsy Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Ask about our H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People with Epilepsy) Mentoring Program.

Family Voices of RI
1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
A national grassroots network of families and friends speaking on behalf of children with special health care needs. Provide info., education, advocacy & support to families and professionals, bi-monthly newsletter and parent groups.

Federation for Children With Special Needs, Inc.
Info., referrals, & support to parents.

(RI) Housing
Together with its partners, Rhode Island Housing works to ensure that all people who live and work in Rhode Island can afford a healthy home that meets their needs. Rhode Island Housing uses all of its resources to provide low-interest loans, grants, education and assistance to help Rhode Islanders find, rent, buy, build and keep a good home. It also offers special programs to ensure that these homes are safe and healthy.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, RI Chapter
1210 Pontiac Avenue, 2nd floor, Cranston.
First Connection - match recently diagnosed patients with those out of treatment. Patient aid, self evaluation, transportation, medication. Educational programs. Support groups.

March of Dimes Foundation
220 West Exchange Street, Providence.

Mental Health Association of RI
185 Dexter Street, Box 16, Pawtucket.

(Mental Health) NAMI-CAN of Rhode Island
Support groups/programs for families of children & adolescents with mental illnesses/neurobiological disorders.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
2 Regency Plaza, Suite 4, Providence.

(RI) Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Carol Murray-Rossi /

Muscular Dystrophy Association
732-1910 or 1-800-289-8805
931 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.
MD Support Group (Hasbro Chidren’s Hospital) - adults and children welcome. The group meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. Call for the meeting dates. Contact: Deborah Bartone, RN 401-444-5230.

MD Support Group (Hasbro Chidren’s Hospital)
Contact: Deborah Bartone, RN 444-5230
Adults and children welcome. The group meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. Call for the meeting dates.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)
Contact: Susan Kortick, RN 444-5794
Hasbro Children’s Hospital OI support group is open to children and adults with OI and their family members. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 8pm.

Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Contact: Julie Johnston, RD, LDN 444-8491
Sponsored by Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the PKU support group is a group of individuals, concerned parents, family members and friends supporting, educating and advocating for people affected by PKU. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month.

Rhode Island Disability Law Center
275 Westminster, Suite 401, Providence.

Rhode Island School for the Deaf
One Corliss Park, Providence.

Sargent Rehabilitation Center
800 Quaker Lane, Warwick.
Sargent offers special education services in a day school program to children 3-21 years of age who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration disorders, developmental delays, language/ learning disabilities and other neurologic or genetic disorders. Also offers programs for young adults and adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, strokes, aneurysms, or other neurologic injuries.

Seven Hills Rhode Island
Woonsocket, Admin: 229-9742
Woonsocket, Child & Families: 775-1500
Woonsocket, Adult Services: 765-3700
Provides advocacy & supports for adults and children with disabilities.

Special Needs Support Group | Hasbro Chidren’s Hospital
Antonio Ramos 401-444-9089
Support group for families and caregivers of children with special healthcare needs is presented in partnership with Rhode Island Parent Information Network and Family Voices. The group meets on the first Monday of the month.

Spina Bifida Association

The Spina Bifida Support Group
Contact: Barbara Crosby 401-444-3686
Hasbro Children’s Hospital support program for families of children with Spina Bifida. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Group activities include guest speakers, off campus trips, and a catheterization group. Loneliness, isolation, girls “cathing” in public, social issues, bullying, and fashion are among the key topics covered.

United Cerebral Palsy
200 Main Street, Pawtucket.

General Resources

Bradley Hospital 24 Hour Crisis Support

Department of Human Services

Family Resource Center, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
A library dedicated to providing personalized health information to help parents become active participants in their child's medical care. The Family Resource Center assists patients and their families as well as hospital staff and people in the community.

HEALTH Information Line
1-401-222-5960/ RI Relay 711
English and Spanish speaking operators answer questions Monday- Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Located at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Hispanic Healthline
1-888-44MUJER (1-888-446-8537)
A Women & Infants’ physician referral and healthline staffed with nurses who can answers questions about your health or that of a loved one. For more resources for families, including our health reference library, classes and programs, go to

Lifespan Online
(For information about Lifespan, services, programs and events, free physician referral, on-line
encyclopedia and healthy recipes.)

National Health Information Center
Health information referral service.

The Rhode Island Department of Health
A wonderful resource for all of the latest local health information, from disease control to early intervention to nutritional guidelines.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
RI College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence.
Founded at RIC in 1993, and is a member of a national network of programs that advance the opportunities for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities through training and technical assistance Resource library.