Learn more about supportive programming for youth and young adults.
Some services are direct referral from RI DCYF, others are open. Contact Alex DeRita, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Teen Focus is a permanency and education- focused program funded through the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families to help teens build meaningful connections, and improve their readiness for transition into adulthood. Teen Focus Permanency Specialists work with youth and young adults to build supportive networks, identify supportive family members and whenever possible achieve legal permanency through adoption, reunification or guardianship prior to exiting state care. Our Education Specialists work with youth to make sure they are on a path to earn their High School Diploma or GED, that they explore post-secondary opportunities, and are equipped with Life Skills to help them be successful, independent adults. The Education Specialists assist youth and young adults with obtaining employment, identification, driver’s licenses and more. The Teen Focus team work with 54 youth who are referred by DCYF and RI Family court.
Adoption Rhode Island has an Educational Consultant who assists children, youth and families who participate in ARI programs with consultation, advocacy, information and referral.
Adoption Rhode Island provides a limited amount of basic needs items, gift cards, hygiene supplies and clothing to former foster youth in crisis. Service is based on grant funding and private donations.
LevelUP Youth Leadership programming focuses on personal leadership, learning and skill development and self-advocacy for youth in foster care. Business, education and community partners support programming that includes the LevelUP Youth Leadership Summit and opportunities for connecting to foster care alumni. LevelUP Youth Leadership facilitates opportunities for youth to come together for peer support and to have their voices heard.
Wish program- Adoption Rhode Island has provided wishes for many teens to attend their first concerts, take art and dance lessons, join a sports team and go to a sporting event. This program is funded through corporate and individual donor support. The staff of ARI refers youth from each of the programs across the agency.
Adoption Rhode Island’s Making KINnections program is an innovative family search and engagement program for youth and young
adults, who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The goal of the program is to identify, search for, and establish
connections and re-connections with family members, kin, and other natural supports, such as previous teachers, coaches, and other
community leaders, with the hope of identifying temporary or long- term housing with identified resources.
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