Raimondo Reconvenes Children's Cabinet To Advocate, Coordinate

Jul 21, 2015

A group of state senators asked the Governor to reconvene the cabinet in early 2015.
Credit Rhode Island General Assembly

  Citing data that shows an increase in children living in poverty, Gov. Gina Raimondo has reinstated the Children’s Cabinet. The group has not met for close to a decade. It’s charged with coordinating services for children across state agencies. One of the founders of the Children’s Cabinet, former Cranston senator Thomas Izzo, says reconvening the group sends a message that child welfare matters.

“If you don’t have forceful proponents and advocates within the legislature or policymakers," said Izzo, "kids’ issues get lost very quickly.”

Raimondo named health and human services secretary Elizabeth Roberts chair of the cabinet. She has asked the group to create a five-year plan to improve the lives of children and their families.