would not be allowed back in her home until DCYF was certain it was safe was coercive, Smith found it to be a truthful response based on the information received directly from DCYF.
"The Court acknowledges that Pimentel was understandably concerned about DCYF's involvement and may have drawn her own conclusions.
He goes on to accuse me of hiding the fact that the Republican Legislature of 2012-2013 made the largest single cut in DCYF's budget.
After noting that the Democratic budget of 2010-11 included a pretty large cut in DCYF spending, our brief summarizes the 2012-13 Republican budget this way:
In March of that year, the department filed a neglect petition against both parents, along with a motion for temporary custody of Izabella based on allegations that the parents were failing to provide the child with "a minimum degree of care, supervision or guardianship." DCYF was awarded temporary custody, and Izabella was placed with her maternal step-grandmother, Kristin Lomberto.
In November 2013, DCYF filed a petition in Family Court seeking to terminate the parental rights of Gonzalez and the mother, setting forth the statutory considerations that Izabella had been in DCYF custody for over a year, that there was not a "substantial probability" that she would be returned to her parents' care within a reasonable period of time, and that her father was incarcerated.
* In the winter and spring of 2017, the Concord Monitor ran an important series titled "Fatal Flaws" that linked the deaths of children to the systemic failures of DCYF.
14, 2017, the Legislature proposed an ombudsman office to oversee DCYF. "A recent report looking into the department listed many systemic problems in the department.
The Rhode Island Foundation and Casey Foundation grants will enable DCYF to conduct a first-of-its-kind Resource Family Retreat-a weekend-long event aimed at reducing the length of time it takes for foster parents to become licensed.
"Since the start of 2015, the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has reduced the use of institutional care by more than 25 percent and reduced the number of children placed out-of-state by more than 50 percent, but there is still more work to do," DCYF Director Trista Piccola said.
To me, this disparity reinforces the need to continue oversight of the audit of DCYF that began in 2015.
The low number of foster care placements in New Hampshire compared with the states closest to us is also concerning in light of reports that DCYF staff arbitrarily closed over 1,500 open cases of child abuse or negligence on a single day last year.