Advisory Committe

In March 2014, the General Assembly passed a bill which was signed in to law establishing an Advisory Committee for the Office of the Child Advocate. This committee is comprised of local professionals from various disciplines. Each member is either appointed by the Child Advocate or the professional association they are affiliated with. Each committee member has displayed a commitment to the improvement of the child welfare system. Working to guide and support the Office of the Child Advocate, advising on the complex systemic issues within the child welfare system. To review the complete statute regarding the Advisory Committee visit: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE42/42-73/42-73-2.1.HTM


Advisory Committe Members


  • Honorable Judge Karen Lynch Bernard
    Rhode Island Family Court
    Appointed by: Rhode Island Family Court
  • Susan Dickstein, PhD
    Associate Professor Brown Medical School
    Psychologist, Bradley Hospital
    Appointed by: Rhode Island Psychological Association
  • Carol Lewis, M.D.
    Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care
    Director Refugee Health Program
    Foster Health Programs
    Appointed by: Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Catherine Lewis, MSW, LICSW
    Clinical Social Worker
    Private Practice
    Appointed by: The Child Advocate
  • Kara Foley, MSW
    Policy Analyst, RI Kids Count
    Appointed by: The Child Advocate
  • Nancy Benoit
    Former State Representative
    Appointed by: The Child Advocate

Committee Meeting Schedule and Agenda

Date Time Location
August 17, 2018 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM The Office of the Child Advocate
6 Cherrydale Court
Cranston, RI 02920
October 26, 2018 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM The Office of the Child Advocate
6 Cherrydale Court
Cranston, RI 02920
December 21, 2018 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM The Office of the Child Advocate
6 Cherrydale Court
Cranston, RI 02920