Thanks to your incredible advocacy, additional funds for DCYF were included in the budget passed by the House Finance Committee last week.
Throughout the past few months, we have advocated on behalf of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children. With your help, thousands of emails have been sent to legislators urging them to restore funds to DCYF’s budget to help protect children from abuse and neglect.
Our efforts have been recognized by the Providence Journal, Providence Business News and on NPR Rhode Island, helping to educate communities across Rhode Island on the need for adequate funding in the Department of Children, Youth and Families. I also authored an op-ed published in the Providence Journal on the mission of our campaign and the importance of contacting our legislators on this issue.
Last Friday, our efforts were recognized with nearly $18 million added to the Department of Children, Youth and Families budget proposed by the House Finance Committee.
This is a huge accomplishment, and we are optimistic that these additional funds will be included as the House and Senate deliberate and finalize the budget over the next week or so.
This could not have happened without your advocacy and support. We will continue to update you as the General Assembly wraps up the budget process, so stay tuned.
Thank you for making your voices heard to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children.