Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families faces a renewed challenge in court by national children’s advocacy group Children’s Rights. The suit alleges DCYF isn’t protecting the children in its care.
Children’s Rights sued Rhode Island’s child welfare agency about seven years ago. The case was dismissed, but now a U.S. appeals court has given Children’s Rights a chance to try again. Children’s Rights litigation director Ira Lustbader said the case is still necessary because DCYF is not doing enough to protect kids in its care, despite calls for reform.
“If you look at the history in Rhode Island and other states where law suits have been brought it’s because the reforms were not brought and put in place by either the executive or legislative branches," said Lustbader."
DCYF officials would not comment on the case. But the state’s Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Rhode Island will “address the issues and defend this case.”