child welfare

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Four infants known to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families died over the past few months. A new report from the Office of the Child Advocate says DCYF missed opportunities to prevent those deaths. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State lawmakers continue their oversight of the state's child welfare agency.  At a hearing Tuesday night, Department of Children, Youth, and Families director Jamia McDonald said her organization has made progress. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2016
Public Doman

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island:

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The search is underway for a new director of the state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. For this week’s The Pulse, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay sits down with outgoing director Jamia McDonald to learn what’s changed for children and staff since she took the reins a year and a half ago

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island

Jul 12, 2016
Aaron Read / RIPR

Your weekly briefing about what's happening in health care: opioid legislation, depression treatment, special needs, and child welfare.

DCYF Cancels Network Contracts; Will Rebid For Services

Dec 23, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s child welfare agency will be canceling millions of dollars in contracts. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families says the change won’t disrupt services for kids in their care. But the system is in the midst of major changes.

Children in Crisis: Child Welfare In The Ocean State

Nov 12, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Children in Crisis is a radio and online series exploring Rhode Island's troubled child welfare system. Stories investigate what's broken, how children and families are affected, and what's being done to fix the system.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

This week, new details have emerged about financial mismanagement at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. A second audit has revealed the former director of the child welfare agency may have violated state ethics rules by getting paid to be a consultant for a vendor DCYF was overseeing.

DCYF Reform: A Progress Report

Oct 7, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

It's not just financial irregularities plaguing the child welfare agency. There are lists of reforms officials must tackle - including 20 specific recommendations from a group of lawmakers.

Background
When the state’s child welfare agency told the General Assembly it would need another cash infusion to make it through the end of the year, a group of lawmakers decided to dig in to the root cause of the agency’s financial problems.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Another audit has uncovered more irregularities in accounting practices at the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Lawmakers Continue DCYF Oversight At Tuesday Hearing

Oct 5, 2015
John Bender / RIPR

Lawmakers continue their oversight of the state’s troubled child welfare agency with a quarterly hearing tomorrow.  

The joint Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Finance Committee has been monitoring the progress of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families since 2014. That’s when budget overruns prompted more scrutiny of the agency, and several reports found the problems ran deeper than money. 

Two DCYF Officials Placed On Leave, Investigation Ongoing

Sep 18, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two officials from the state's child welfare agency have been placed on paid administrative leave. They include head of the Rhode Island Training School and the associate director of financial management for DCYF.

State Police Investigate DCYF Finances

Sep 3, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A spokesman for Rhode Island's Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families confirms an investigation is underway, but officials remain mum on the reasons why state police are looking into the child welfare agency's finances.

Child and Family RI

Rhode Island puts too many children in group homes. Everyone agrees that’s bad.

But dig a little deeper, and it seems Rhode Island does have some alternatives: therapists, family case managers, parenting coaches, visiting nurses. Lots of nonprofits serving children and families. So what's the disconnect? Here's a look in my reporter's notebook.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

For the past week, we’ve been focusing on "Children in Crisis," our series about Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The agency is struggling to cope with an influx of neglect and abuse cases and has run into financial trouble. Now, we explore how a national "home visiting"  program aims to keep families from entering the system in the first place.

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