Appendix I: Individual Analyses of State Policies
Family Foster Care
Processing and Notifications for an Alleged
Institutional Abuse/Neglect Case
Does the policy address the investigation of allegations of maltreatment in foster care as a distinct investigatory process?
Is kinship/relative care addressed in the policy?
- No, by statute and by policy, foster care is included with other forms of institutional abuse and includes the child's foster parent, an employee of a public or private residential home or facility, or other person legally responsible under state law for the child's welfare in a residential setting, or any staff person providing out-of-home care. Out-of-home care means child day care, i.e., family day care, group day care and center-based day care.
What agency/unit is mandated to conduct the investigation?
- No language addresses kinship/relative care.
Is there a team approach? Who is on the team?
- The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families CPS Unit.
What are the key activities of agency staff?
- The materials submitted emphasize a team approach to the investigation. The licensing unit and children's service workers are notified. Children's service workers are notified so that "they may appropriately plan for the child(ren)."
What time frames are identified?
What decisionmaking processes are described?
Is the CPS/licensing interface clear?
- This policy primarily describes who is notified as part of the investigation process. Guidance is not provided on completing the activities of the investigation.
What actions are taken regarding the reported child(ren) during the investigation?
- The only clarification is that the licensing unit is notified of the investigation and is kept informed of the progress and outcome of the investigation.
What actions are taken regarding other children in the home?
What actions are taken to protect the rights of foster parents throughout the process?
- No actions are identified in this policy except to note that information about the report and the results are sent to "active workers."
What supports are provided to foster parents throughout the process?
- No actions are described.
- No supports are described.
Foster homes are included with other forms of out-of-home care. The policy primarily addresses notifications of different parties and gives no other guidance.
- Rhode Island General Law: Title 40 Human Services, Chapter 40-11, Abused and Neglected Children. (This statute defines institutional abuse and identifies basic expectations for all investigations.)
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