Very Troubling Revelations About State’s Administration of Child Foster Care as It Transitions to Adult Foster Care


In the wake of the terrible deaths of three children in or related to Rhode Island foster care, we learn from a report by outgoing state Child Advocate Regina M. Costa that

The state Department of Children, Youth and Families is allowing children in its care to live in more than 320 unlicensed foster homes. In more than 100 cases, those homes have been unlicensed for more than six months in violation of state law.

This is only the latest troubling revelation about DCYF. An audit last year revealed that the agency had squandered millions of tax dollars due to very poor oversight and accounting practices.

We await answers, accountability and solutions to both these completely unacceptable financial irregularities and, much more importantly, the issue of the safety of children placed in foster care by the State of Rhode Island. It is all the more important that the state get this right in light of the fact that it is in the process of transitioning the care of developmentally disabled adults from group homes to adult foster homes. To state the obvious, we CANNOT see the terrible events involving DCYF repeated down the road with adult foster homes.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I think the situation you describe is general. About 30 years ago I had reason to visit the Massachusetts agency of the same function. The situation was despicable. I was struck by the dirty children crawling over torn and filthy carpeting. At the same time I was lectured about their concern for acceptable adoptive parents. Perhaps we should look to the VA for guidance.

    I can recall stories from now deceased relatives of “for profit” foster parents during the “Great Depression” They were reported to have 7-8 “foster children” living in the basement and fed mush, so that they would produce a profit. So as you sow, so shall you reap.

    • ShannonEntropy

      My aunt used to tell a story where the Welfare social worker would show up to count every family’s kids but all the kids in the neighborhood would run out the back door and down the alley to be counted again at the next house

      They got Welfare payments for a hunnerd kids when in fact there were only 7 or 8 ‘eligilbles’ there

      That is what I call “Assimilation”

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I had to put this up someplace. Rhode Island is the 12th most “hateful” stae by measurement of derogatory terms in tweets: