KIDSNET helps parents/caregivers in several ways. KIDSNET:
Enrollment in KIDSNET is automatic. Parents/Caregivers do not need to to anything to enroll. Children are enrolled in KIDSNET in two ways:
Your child’s information is in KIDSNET if he or she:
KIDSNET makes a great effort to notify parents and guardians that their child’s information is in KIDSNET, especially because individual parental consent to include children’s information is not required.
Families learn about KIDSNET in different ways. You may get information from:
For children born in Rhode Island, families also receive a Hallmark® Newborn Greeting card two weeks after birth. The Governor of Rhode Island signs this card. It includes a KIDSNET flyer explaining what KIDSNET is and gives a telephone number to call if you have any questions.
If your child was born outside of Rhode Island and sees a Rhode Island participating doctor or receives services at a KIDSNET participating program, your child’s information will be added to KIDSNET. A notification letter and fact card will be mailed to the child’s parents or guardians when the child’s information is added to KIDSNET, regardless of the age of the child.
KIDSNET contains information such as your child’s name, address, and healthcare provider, and your name. As your child grows, KIDSNET receives information on: immunizations, results of developmental assessment, hearing and metabolic screening, results from blood lead tests, home visits, and whether your child has participated in Early Intervention and/or WIC Programs.
KIDSNET protects information in the system very carefully. Only authorized users have access to KIDSNET. Healthcare providers, school nurse teachers, Head Start nurses, and staff from KIDSNET and its participating programs are authorized users. Access to KIDSNET is on a “need to know” basis. This means that users can only have access to the information in KIDSNET that is needed in order to provide services or to coordinate care for your child. more
As a parent or guardian, you have the right to: