Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
October 26, 2012
Special Issue: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy Update

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to present this first edition of our Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice e-newsletter. You are receiving this periodic update on child welfare and juvenile justice issues in Rhode Island either because you have indicated you would like to receive it or because you are an important part of our network.

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Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Rhode Island - New Factsheet
2010 Lipsitt Duchin Video
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has released a new Child Welfare Factsheet on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Rhode Island, which provides the latest data available on the number of young adults who have exited foster care never having gained permanency. It also details the services and supports currently available for these Rhode Island youth.
JDAI Update: Risk Assessment Instrument Piloted in Providence

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT coordinates the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in Rhode Island. JDAI is an effort to reform juvenile justice systems nationwide by reducing the reliance on secure confinement, improving public safety, reducing racial disparities, saving taxpayer dollars, and stimulating overall juvenile justice reforms.

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JDAI partners include Family Court, DCYF, the Rhode Island Training School, Juvenile Probation, the Attorney General's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Providence Police Department, the Office of the Child Advocate, and other agencies and providers. Click to learn more about JDAI  


Rhode Island passed a law that requires the development and use of a Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI), a written checklist of objective criteria used to screen each minor arrested to determine the need for either secure detention at the Rhode Island Training School, a non-secure detention alternative program, or release to their home. In September 2012, the Providence Police Department began piloting a RAI. The RAI was developed, tested and calibrated by a JDAI subcommittee of system stakeholders who worked collaboratively to develop a RAI tool to meet Rhode Island's needs. JDAI will be evaluating the RAI pilot to inform statewide implementation.

2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Still Available
2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook
Copies of the 2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook are still available. The annual publication charts improvements and declines in 67 indicators of child well-being in Rhode Island, including Child Abuse and Neglect, Children in Out-of-Home PlacementPermanency for Children in DCYF Care, Juveniles Referred to Family Court, and Juveniles at the Training School. (Click view the complete Safety section).


To order a copy of the Factbook, download and mail the Order Form or call (401) 351-9400. The cost of the Factbook is $21.40 ($20 plus tax); discounts for bulk purchases are available.

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starYouth Aging Out of Foster Care - New Factsheet
starRisk Assessment Instrument Piloted in Providence
star2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Still Available
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