The State’s Child Advocate, Jennifer Griffith, has announced that she has appointed a panel of eight community professionals to conduct a multidisciplinary review of the death of a seven month old infant. This child was not in state custody at the time of the fatality, but was previously involved in a case that was open to the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
The RI Senate Task Force charged with investigating the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the two networks that provide services to DCYF families, has recommended that DCYF “monitor the networks more closely and be more involved with the families it serves” according to the Providence Journal. The task force offered 20 recommendations to improve DCYF.
At a Senate meeting to discuss Rhode Island’s budget deficits, DCYF Director Janice DeFrances proposed changes that would save nearly $1.6 million, against a projected deficit of $13.8 million for the Department. However, Ms. DeFrances stated to the Senate that costs for out-of-state placements, a delay in plans to establish an in-state group home for adolescent girls, and the loss of $3 million in federal dollars have all contributed to the current deficit.
Medicaid Coverage for Young Adults Who Were
Formerly in Foster Care: Per the federal Affordable
Care Act (ACA), effective January 1, 2014, young people
who “aged out of ” the Rhode Island child welfare
system at age 18 without having gained permanency will be eligible to retain Medicaid coverage until age 26. For more details, check out this report from the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project:
Rhode Island Health Coverage Project Report
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980): protects and prevents children and youth in foster care from becoming victims of sex trafficking and makes several important improvements to the child welfare system that will help improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care. Sponsors: Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Sandy Levin (D-MI), Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families FAQ
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Bill