Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
February 6, 2013
Fiscal Year 2014 Proposed Budget

RI State House On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Governor Lincoln Chafee released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget during his annual State of the State address.


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared an FY 2014 Budget Analysis. The Governor's proposed budget includes the following child welfare-related items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families:


Child Welfare 

  • Proposes a total budget of $211.3 million for the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families for FY 2014, down from $216.6 million for the enacted FY 2013 budget. (Note: DCYF's  budget was cut by more than $25 million in FY 2012, but was spared budget reductions during FY 2013).
  • With the full implementation of the System of Care in July 2012, the Governor's FY 2014 budget anticipates the continued loss of federal Title IV-E funds as more services are delivered to children and families in their homes and communities. 
Legislative Tracking
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is tracking bills and budget items relating to children and youth during the 2013 Legislative session. Check out our Legislative Info Page for the latest on legislation and upcoming hearings, and to read our public testimony.
New Report on Supporting Kinship Families


The Annie E. Casey Foundation's national policy report, Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends. The report includes national and state level data as well as recommendations to strengthen policies that support kinship families.  

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