Kilmartin: Settlement reached to resolve alleged deficiencies at DCYF

PROVIDENCE – A settlement has been reached between the state and national advocacy organization Children’s Rights Inc., resolving a decade-long civil action that alleged deficiencies at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth & Families, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8.

The lawsuit, filed by Children’s Rights in 2007, on behalf of nearly 1,900 children living in state custody, alleged inadequate foster care placements, leading to an overreliance on congregate care; inadequate casework due to high caseloads; and failures to license foster families and adequately investigate allegations of abuse and neglect in a timely manner.

Among terms of the settlement, DCYF will implement reforms in case management, child placement and child protective services involving the investigation of abuse and neglect, and establish performance metrics to measure targets and compliance.

The settlement is subject to U.S. District Court approval.

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