The Center for Children and Families at Women and Infants provides behavioral health services across developmental stages of the family. The staff in the Center for Children and Families provides integrated care across psychology, psychiatry and clinical social work to support adults and children.
Developmental stages served include: adult services to support women during the perinatal and postpartum period; family-based mental health services for parents and infants; infant services around sleep and regulatory difficulties; early childhood services with a focus on diagnostic evaluation and child/family therapy; and services to children of a broad age range with autism or a parental concern for autism.
The Family Care Follow-up Clinic is part of Women & Infants’ Center for Children and Families that provides services and evaluation of all infants with opiate exposure during pregnancy from hospital discharge into childhood. We serve graduates from the Family Care Unit at Women & Infants Hospital and infants born at other hospitals across the region. At the Family Care Follow-up Clinic, your infant will receive a comprehensive evaluation with particular focus on regulation of eating, sleeping, crying, and development. We will also provide support as needed and referrals to appropriate outpatient services in your community.
Center for Children and Families
50 Holden Street
Providence, RI 02908
P: (401) 274-1122, ext. 48935
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
No Show Policy
We have a policy for missed appointments at all Women & Infants Hospital's physician practices. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice.
We offer clinical services to children of broad age ranges with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or parental concerns for an ASD.
Services for families include:
Our multidisciplinary team includes child psychiatry, psychology and clinical social work. Ask your pediatric provider if a consultation at our clinic is appropriate for your child.
Our staff are part of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART).
Our Early Childhood/Family Services Clinic serves infants, toddlers and pre-school age children with behavioral, developmental, and/or emotional concerns. Our clinical staff includes professionals in clinical and developmental psychology, social work, nurse specialists, and occupational therapy.
The Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinic (also called the Colic Clinic) is a one-of-a-kind clinical service for infants with crying, colic, sleep, feeding and behavior concerns.
We can help families adjust to the disruption caused by having an infant who is difficult to manage in the first few months and/or years of life. Our goal is to treat the infant’s difficulties with crying, sleeping and feeding. We work with parents to help them promote healthy sleep habits for their infants and toddlers.
In the Clinic, our behavioral pediatricians, clinical social worker, and clinical and developmental psychologists work together to develop treatment plans for families whose infants are having early behavioral concerns. Occupational therapy is also available.
Our services are covered by most insurance after pre-authorization.
The Center offers individual adult services to support women during the perinatal and postpartum periods through outpatient behavioral health services, as well as services during infancy around sleep and regulatory difficulties.
Healthy sleep habits help babies and children to grow, develop, and be healthy. Sleep influences the baby or child’s mood and behaviors. Being well rested promotes positive mood and well-being for babies, toddlers and their parents. Soothing, predictable bedtime routines that gently prepare a baby or toddler for a night of sleep can be one of the closest, most enjoyable times of the day for parents and their little ones.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends (2008):
Instead of thinking of the baby’s day as revolving around when he wakes up in the morning, try to think of the day as revolving around the set bedtime.
Bedtime routines can be a close, loving way to end the day.
If your infant or toddler continues to have challenges around sleep, call the Women & Infants’ Center for Children and Families at (401) 274-1122, ext. 48935 for clinical support.
The Healthy Early Relationships (HER) program focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship in order to promote child development and healthy family functioning.
The HER program works with families who have children younger than five years of age facing challenges that may cause stress for the parent-child relationship. These challenges may be related to parental mental health needs, perinatal substance use, extended hospitalizations, out-of-home placement, or other situations that may cause disruptions in the parent-child relationship.
Our interdisciplinary clinical staff includes professionals with expertise in: