A Providence social service agency is stepping up its efforts to recruit foster parents. Officials at Family Service of Rhode Island say children are being forced to live in group homes for lack of a loving family.
As Lynne Bates prepares a Sunday meal of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes she reflects on the last 12 years, years in which a parade of ten foster children have passed through her home. She has two biological children and adopted two of the foster children. She’s the first to tell you fostering is not always easy, but she says it’s definitely worth it.
The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday. Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.
The General Assembly added the 10-cent toll, basically as a placeholder, at the end of the legislative session. The legislature took that action because the absence of a toll on the new span could prevent the state from adding one at a later date. State Rep John Edwards of Tiverton says the toll remains unpopular in the East Bay.
The town of Portsmouth is continuing to challenge the imminent imposition of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
The town is appealing a federal court decision issued last week which allowed the tolling to proceed. Portsmouth town solicitor said they’ve asked the First Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited ruling on their request for an injunction because the tolls are scheduled to start next month.