RICCF is championing for two bills in 2017:

  • The Young Adult Voluntary Extension of Care Act - Provides resources and services to foster youth ages 18 to 21 to support their successful transition to adulthood. (H5807 and S0669)
  • The Youth Protection Care Act - Requires persons who volunteer with youth serving agencies to get criminal record checks as well as those whose work involves routine contact with children without the presence of other employees. (H5229)

RICCF recognized M. Teresa Paiva Weed for her strong and consistent leadership as Senate President and previously as on behalf of our state's children, youth, and families.


Pictured left to right are Linda D'Amario Rossi, Advocacy Solutions; Senator M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Benedict F. Lessing Jr, RICCF Board Chairman and Tanja Kubas-Meyer, RICCF Executive Director.


Working with allies, RICCF provided leadership in development and advocacy for two critical bills passed in 2016:

  • An Act Relating to Health and Safety - Office of State Medical Examiner - Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Office of the Child Advocate - Child Fatality Reporting (S2717SubA/H8069 SubA)
  • An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government - Foster Parents' Bill of Rights which sets forth a statement of formal foster parents' bill of rights and requires that copies be given to all foster parents at each licensing interval (S2611 SubA/H8207 SubA)