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Parenting Resources

This is a new section being offered by Kidoinfo and is a work in progress. If you are looking for parenting help that is not listed here, email us and we will attempt to find the resource.

Please note that we have not evaluated any of these resources so you should always investigate fully any resources you choose.


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: CHADD offers monthly programs and support for ADHD.

Adoption and Foster Care

Adoption Rhode Island: Their mission is to create safety, belonging and permanency for adopted and foster children, vulnerable youth, and families through compassionate services, advocacy, and education.

Adoption Options:  A nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption program of Jewish Collaborative Services of RI. Licensed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Adoption Options has offices in Providence and Attleboro.

Department of Children, Youth and Families: Information about adopting and foster care.

Family Service of Rhode Island: Provides assistance for foster families.

Parents & Adoptees Liberty Movement: Registry helping members connect with their birth relatives.

Rhode Island State Adoption Assistance Program: Information about the adoption assistance benefits that may be available to families who adopt children from foster care in Rhode Island.


The Autism Project: The Autism Project is a collaboration of parents, professionals, and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and those who work with them.


College Planning Center of Rhode Island: College planning assistance including financial aid, college essay reviews, scholarship tools, 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Rhode Island Resource Guide for Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: The purpose of this guide is to provide families with current information and resources about health and educational opportunities for children from birth through age 21 who have hearing loss.


Oral Health Information for Parents: Information on childhood dental health.

Teeth First:  Information on childhood dental health, dental providers, and more.

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI):  They offer membership meetings (open to the public), newsletters, a lending library, public awareness activities and conferences, as well as support and personal assistance on educational and medical issues.


Children’s Dyslexia Center of Rhode Island: Provides multi sensory reading and written language tutorial services for children with dyslexia and offers a training course to qualified adults who wish to become certified in Orton-Gillingham.

Decoding Dyslexia Rhode Island: Decoding Dyslexia is a nationwide, parent-driven grassroots movement in all 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Rhode Island Department of Education Dyslexia Resources: State level information about dyslexia resources.

Early childcare and education

BrightStars Rhode Island: BrightStars assists families in finding quality early care, education, and afterschool programs. Learn about choosing quality early childcare and education and access a list of quality-rated childcare/education organizations.

State Pre-Kindergarten Programs: Information about accessing state Pre-K programs.

RI Head Start & Early Head Start Programs: Early Head Start serves low-income infants and toddlers up to age three and their families. Head Start offers a range of services to low-income children aged three to five years old.


Rhode Island Community Food Bank: Accepts food donations and provides food to those who need it through food pantries.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services: WIC benefits provide you and your child with one-on-one nutrition counseling, referrals with services you may need, and a food prescription to meet your needs, and your child’s specific needs.

General Needs

Advocates in Action Rhode Island: An independent non-profit Statewide Self-Advocacy organization to empower people who have a developmental disability to advocate for themselves and others, to support and strengthen the Self Advocacy movement and to raise awareness about disability issues in the community.

Disability Resources in Rhode Island: A list of RI organizations and state agencies that provide assistance for a variety of disabilities.

FamilyStrong RI: A confidential gateway to a variety of community-based services that can help you successfully build a strong, loving family.

Family Visiting: Provided to pregnant women and families with children up to age four to connect you with family support services and resources.

Kids.ri.gov: Listing of state programs for kids prenatal to age 5 by ages and categories.

Parent Support Network: Serves all individuals in Rhode Island, and specializes in children, families, and youth transitioning adulthood.

Rhode Island Early Intervention Program: Rhode Island’s Early Intervention Program promotes the growth and development of infants and toddlers who have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas.

Rhode Island Parent Information Network: RIPIN’s mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy for person/family-centered care and system change.

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry: Enrolling in the Special Needs Emergency Registry lets police, fire, and other first responders in your community better prepare for and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.

United Way of Rhode Island: Offers a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities in areas such as education, an energy fund, and basis assistance. Dial 211 to seek assistance.


Legal Resources List: Contact information for low cost legal services regarding special education matters.

The Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC): An independent nonprofit law office that is designated as Rhode Island’s federal Protection and Advocacy System. Part of a national network created by Congress to help secure and advance the rights of people with disabilities.

Mental Illness

RI National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI offers a variety of services and programs including a Family Support Group, which is a free, peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

Reading & Writing

Write Rhode Island: Offers an annual short fiction competition and writing classes.

Books Are Wings: The mission of Books Are Wings is to put free books in the hands of children. Research suggests that growing up in a home with at least 20 books is associated with 3 additional years of schooling for children.


Rhode Island Department of Education: Oversees RI public and charter schools.

Visual Impairment

Family Connect: An online, multimedia community created to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

Rhode Island Department of Human Services: Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: To provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their communities.

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