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Kristin Gourlay's Blog

Diabetes rates are soaring across the nation. But in Rhode Island, the Hispanic population has... more »
posted 08/11/16
Addiction usually leaves a wake of chaos, and all kinds of casualties - marriages, jobs, health.... more »
posted 10/23/14
Like a growing number of Medicaid programs around the country, Rhode Island’s Medicaid program... more »
posted 09/16/14

Kristin Gourlay's Work

Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families is struggling to cope with an influx of neglect and abuse cases and has run into financial trouble. Reporter Kristin Gourlay explores how a national "home visiting" program aims to keep families from entering the system in the first place.

Rhode Island doesn’t have enough foster families to meet a growing need. That’s one reason the state's child welfare agency places a higher percentage of kids in group homes than almost any other state. Officials acknowledge the problem, but recruiting new foster families has been tough.

Rhode Island’s child welfare system is under the microscope. Gov. Gina Raimondo has called for a complete overhaul, saying the Department of Children, Youth, and Families has not only been mismanaged, but has failed the children and families it’s supposed to serve.