November 2017
New Issue Brief: Adolescents in the Child Welfare System in Rhode Island
This Issue Brief presents data and analysis on adolescents in the child welfare system, including information on maltreatment and trauma, supports specifically for teens, and issues related to youth exiting the child welfare system through aging out or achieving permanency. The report also includes recommendations on how to best support adolescents in the child welfare system to ensure healthy development and a healthy transition to adulthood. 

Publick Occurrences - DCYF: Children in Crisis

Our Executive Director, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, participated in The Providence Journal and Leadership Rhode Island's "Publick Occurrences - DCYF: Children in Crisis" event last month at Rhode Island College.

Please see the event program (the back page of which contains data from our Factbook) and Providence Journal coverage of the event.
Updated Child Welfare Fact Sheet: Focus on Restoring Foster Care to Age 21
Rhode Island provided foster care services for youth in the care of DCYF until age 21 until July 1, 2007 when the age limit was lowered to age 18. Youth with serious emotional disturbances, autism, or functional developmental disabilities remain legally entitled to services until age 21. 

A growing number of states have extended foster care services beyond age 18, a policy that can have substantial individual, societal, and economic benefits. It is more cost effective to invest in successful transitions to adulthood than to pay for the cost of failure.  To date, 25 states and DC provide foster care services to youth until age 21. 

To learn more about extending foster care to age 21 in Rhode Island, please click here.
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