Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System in Rhode Island, February 7, 2019 [Presentation Slides].
Rhode Island Kids Count.
Published: February 2019
Rhode Island Kids Count
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
This slideshow presentation provides information on infants and toddlers in the child welfare system in Rhode Island. Statistics indicate: very young children are more likely to experience abuse and neglect than older children; in 2018, there were 856 children under age 3 who were substantiated victims of child maltreatment in Rhode Island; nearly 1 in 4 victims of child abuse and neglect (24%) are under age 3; most maltreatment of very young children is neglect; in Rhode Island in 2018, there were 6 near fatalities of children involved in the child welfare system and/or resulting from abuse or neglect and 5 were children under the age of 3; in 2017, Rhode Island passed legislation requiring all health care providers to contact DCYF to report cases involving a newborn affected by prenatal substance exposure to illicit, non-prescribed, or unknown substances; on December 31, 2018, there were 470 children under age 3 in Rhode Island who were in out-of-home placement, 21% of all children in out-of-home placement; and as of November 2018, 17 of the 19 cases (89%) in Rhode Island’s Safe and Secure Baby Court that have closed have not had any further DCYF involvement. Information is provided on the enrollment of families in evidence-based home visiting programs in Rhode Island, individuals contributing and claiming paid family leave, child care subsidies for Early Head Start and child care, and referrals and eligibility for early intervention services. The slideshow concludes with recommendations for preventing child abuse and neglect, improving services to infants and toddlers who have been maltreated, and providing post-permanency support.
Rhode Island; early intervention programs; Head Start; child abuse; child neglect; preschool children; infants; family courts; home visiting programs; evidence based practice; child welfare reform; statistics