Health Care

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Children who experience abuse or neglect–or even the stress of poverty—can have serious health problems later in life. That’s one of many challenges for children in Rhode Island’s child welfare system. We continue our series “Children in Crisis” with this look at how some health care professionals hope to address those challenges. 

Rhode Island Department of Health

The state Medical Examiner’s Office reports fewer cases in the backlog since the departure of the chief medical examiner. She was placed on administrative leave, and has now resigned.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Social workers at Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families say they have too many cases to really make a difference in children’s lives. The agency is already facing criticism for other problems, including putting one of the nation’s highest percentages of foster children in group homes. Continuing our series “Children in Crisis,” we spend a day in the field with one caseworker trying to manage through an agency in turmoil.                                      

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Want to take a deeper dive into Rhode Island's child welfare system? Here's a selection of reports and documents about the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, plus links to resources for anyone interested in getting involved or learning more.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Days after taking office, Gov. Gina Raimondo made a change in leadership at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. That was after a series of reports, including one from a Senate task force, found serious problems at the agency. A recent audit uncovered even deeper financial troubles than anyone realized.  Our series “Children in Crisis,”about child welfare in the Ocean State, began today. RIPR's Kristin Gourlay joins news director Elisabeth Harrison with this preview.

  Here's a transcript of the conversation.

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