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DCYF 'Inaction' Contributes to Death of RI Foster Child: Report



    DCYF Official Speaks After Guardian Charged in Child's Death

    The director of Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth and Families spoke Wednesday morning after a Warwick woman was charged in connection with a 9-year-old girl's death. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    A report into the death of a 9-year-old Rhode Island girl in foster care says ineptitude and inaction by the state's child welfare system was partially to blame.

    The 57-page report released Tuesday by the state Office of the Child Advocate says "the actions or inactions of (Department of Children, Youth and Families) staff contributed to the death" of Zha Nae Rothgeb in a Warwick home in January. She was found dead in a bathtub.

    The girl, who had cerebral palsy, was under the care of a single mother with seven other special needs foster children.

    The report also suggests more than 20 changes at the state child welfare agency.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Department Director Trista Piccola in statement said she shares the child advocate's concerns and will cooperate in making changes.

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