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.
The agency has been placing a higher percentage of foster children in group homes than experts recommend. It has contracted with outside agencies for many of the services it provides but failed to monitor those contracts or measure their performance. Several staff have been placed on leave or stepped down, while state police investigate the department’s finances.
Senate committee members will ask DCYF leadership for a progress report on reforming the agency.
DCYF is responsible for the well-being of thousands of abused and neglected children.
(Note: You can find all of the stories in our series, "Children in Crisis: Child Welfare in the Ocean State," about the state's embattled child welfare agency here, or click through related stories, below.)