RI lawmaker wants foster children kept in state
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Rhode Island lawmaker says he's resurrecting an effort to end a practice of sending some foster children to out-of-state facilities.
Rep. Roberto DaSilva said Wednesday that his legislation would require state child welfare officials to consider whether an in-state home or facility can provide services for a child before sending the child to another state.
DaSilva, an East Providence Democrat, says foster children are better served when they can be cared for in their home state. His bill failed to pass last year.
Records show Rhode Island spent $130 million on out-of-state programs between 2002 and 2010.
Child welfare officials say they're working to reduce the number of children sent out of state. As of Aug. 1, 54 children were in out-of-state placement, compared with 243 in 2007.