PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will receive $4 million in federal funds to improve programs offered by the state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s (CHAY'-fee's) office announced the four-year grant Tuesday.
The money will go toward programs serving foster children, youth in the juvenile justice system and children and teens with serious emotional disturbances.
DCYF Director Janice DeFrances said the grant will help her agency develop ‘‘networks of care’’ that can be tailored to the needs of individual children.
Officials say the goal is to get better care to vulnerable children sooner, in order to reduce the number of children placed in state care.