Rhode Island’s child welfare agency will be the subject of a House Oversight Committee hearing later Thursday. The state Department of Children, Youth and Families is under scrutiny for its handling of cases involving vulnerable children.
The House Oversight Committee plans to examine DCYF’s progress in meeting 21 recommendations from a report last March. That report reviewed four child fatalities and two near-fatalities involving children from 18 months to 2 years old.
Some of the recommendations focus on DCYF’s child protective services unit. The report says the unit should use risk assessment, rather than an incident-based system, in evaluating the safety of children. The report also calls for an analysis of approaches that have proven effective in other states.
Meanwhile, DCYF indicated earlier this month it was investigating possible abuse and/or neglect in connection with the death of a 2-month-old baby girl in Providence.