The State’s Child Advocate, Jennifer Griffith, has announced that she has appointed a panel of eight community professionals to conduct a multidisciplinary review of the death of a seven month old infant. This child was not in state custody at the time of the fatality, but was previously involved in a case that was open to the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).
The RI Senate Task Force charged with investigating the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the two networks that provide services to DCYF families, has recommended that DCYF “monitor the networks more closely and be more involved with the families it serves” according to the Providence Journal. The task force offered 20 recommendations to improve DCYF.
At a Senate meeting to discuss Rhode Island’s budget deficits, DCYF Director Janice DeFrances proposed changes that would save nearly $1.6 million, against a projected deficit of $13.8 million for the Department. However, Ms. DeFrances stated to the Senate that costs for out-of-state placements, a delay in plans to establish an in-state group home for adolescent girls, and the loss of $3 million in federal dollars have all contributed to the current deficit.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a physical crime, you may be eligible for Rhode Island’s Crime Victims Compensation Fund. This program was created to help alleviate the financial burden victims and their families endure. A few examples of these expenses include:
The Office of the Child Advocate is empowered to apply on behalf of you, or your loved one, but does not determine eligibility. However, you may apply without the assistance of The Office of the Child Advocate. Below is the link to the application. Completed materials can be forwarded directly to:
Crime Victim Compensation Program
Office of the General Treasurer
50 Service Avenue, 2nd Floor
Warwick, RI 02903
Please contact our Staff Attorney, Katelyn E. Medeiros, Esq. at 401-462-4300, with any questions regarding CVCP.