Executive Order 98-06
June 11, 1998
WHEREAS, in 1996, Congress enacted the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act prohibiting denial or or delay in the placement of children into roster or adoptive homes based upon race; and
WHEREAS, in 1997, Congress enacted the Adoption and Safe Families Act emphasizing the need to protect children from harm and to provide timely permanency planning for children who are admitted to foster care; and
WHEREAS, the enactment of these aforementioned federal acts suggests that it is now timely and appropriate for the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families to undertake an in-depth review of its policies and day-to-day practices relative to the placement of children into foster and adoptive homes; and
WHEREAS, it is the objective of this Administration that the Department of Children, Youth and Families embrace the philosophical underpinnings of the above-cited federal acts that all children be protected from harm and that permanency plans for foster children be identified and implemented expeditiously and that the practice and procedure of the Department be consistent with achieving such ends while at the same time being sensitive and responsive to the needs and rights of the muiti-cultural FILED clientele which the Department serves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I LINCOLN ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, hereby order as follows:
1. There is hereby created a Commission to study the policies, procedures and practices of the Department of Children, Youth and Families relative to placement and permanency planning for children in foster care and to placement of children in adoptive care.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon the date hereof and shall expire upon the submission of the Commission's final report to the Governor and the General Assembly.