Chafee to eliminate planned shelter closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he will eliminate the January 15 deadline to close three shelters that provide emergency care for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

Chafee released a statement saying eliminating the deadline will allow for careful decisions that ensure the best care for children. Earlier this week private foster care agencies warned the state lacks a plan to provide up to 45 foster homes to care for about 200 children annually who may need emergency housing once the shelters are closed.

The Department of Children, Youth and Families expected to save one-million-dollars by closing the Washington Park Shelter in Providence; Children's Shelter of Blackstone Valley in Pawtucket; and Boys Town of New England in Portsmouth.

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