Perhaps you saw the editorial over the weekend from Ray McKenna who spent weeks in our archives learning about the history of the agency. If you have not, you can read it here.
Stories like this are at the core of what inspires us every day at Children’s Friend. It is what we have been doing for over 180 years and what we will continue to do.
It is also a timely story as I am honored to announce our strategic priority and continue our commitment to our youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. It is as follows:
Too many of the youngest and most vulnerable children in Rhode Island are experiencing devastating outcomes, including death, as a result of abuse and neglect. As stewards of the resources entrusted to us, Children’s Friend is realigning itself to proactively respond to this crisis.
While there is something tragic in the need to again stand up for children who are being abused and neglected, we will take a leadership role in educating policymakers and the public on the needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children, even when it means taking risks for the benefit of children.
Over the next months, we look forward to the opportunity to share the efforts we are making to advance this goal and protect children from these devastating outcomes.