foster parenting

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island doesn’t have enough foster families to meet a growing need. That’s one reason the Department of Children, Youth, and Families places a higher percentage of kids in group homes than almost any other state. DCYF officials acknowledge the problem. But recruiting new foster families has been tough.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

A Providence social service agency is stepping up its efforts to recruit foster parents.   Officials at Family Service of Rhode Island say children are being forced to live in group homes for lack of a loving family. 

As Lynne Bates prepares a Sunday meal of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes she reflects on the last 12 years, years in which a parade of ten foster children have passed through her home.  She has two biological children and adopted two of the foster children.  She’s the first to tell you fostering is not always easy, but she says it’s definitely worth it.