Children’s Friend & Service

Updated at 3:37 p.m. on June 25, 2024.

SHINING STARS: Children's Friend & Service staff members celebrate receiving a five-star rating from BrightStars at the agency's Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island site in Providence. / COURTESY CHILDREN'S FRIEND & SERVICE
SHINING STARS: Children's Friend & Service staff members celebrate receiving a five-star rating from BrightStars at the agency's Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island site in Providence. / COURTESY CHILDREN'S FRIEND & SERVICE

Best Places to Work 2024 Awards
LARGE COMPANIES #14. Children’s Friend & Service
Employees in R.I. 402
CEO and president: David Caprio
Questions answered by David Caprio


What three words best describe your staff? Dedicated, passionate and flexible.

How would you describe the culture of your workplace? Family is a good word that describes the culture at Children’s Friend. We believe children thrive in supportive and loving families. We work to create that same strong and supportive family environment in the workplace for our employees.

Do you have a preference for promoting existing staff or hiring from outside and why? Children’s Friend has had great success in developing and promoting talent throughout the agency. Investing in our staff helps to improve employee engagement and increase morale.

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Describe a new employee benefit(s) or initiative(s) your company has launched in the past 12 months. We have embraced the Kotter Change Principles and launched “The Big Opportunity,” empowering staff across the agency to work together in 90-day sprints to create organizational change.

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