Alan Rosenberg: Sleepless nights over DCYF – News –

Our look at the perennially troubled agency is the latest in The Journal’s long history of being a watchdog.

My wife was a caseworker for the state Department of Children, Youth & Families for 3½ years in the mid-1980s. And the burden of that responsibility would keep her awake long after bedtime.

Was she acting too soon to intervene in a family’s life? Was she waiting too long? How would life turn out for the kids in her caseload?

After our first child was born, she resigned, convinced that after having held her own child, she could never again take away someone else’s.

Thoughts of those days, and the awesome challenges that have always faced DCYF, came back to me as we launched our investigation of the agency, “Children at Risk.”

One of the important roles a newspaper undertakes is to hold government accountable. It’s why freedom of the press is one of the four freedoms enshrined in the very first amendment our founders made to the Constitution.

Our look at the perennially troubled DCYF is the latest in The Journal’s long history of being a watchdog over the government — a role we are committed to continuing to play.


Today’s front-page story is the second in an irregular series that began on July 27 — “Children at Risk,” by Journal staff writers Tom Mooney and Jennifer Bogdan.

If their names are familiar, there’s a reason. Tom and Jenn also wrote last year’s award-winning eight-part series “Pot & Profit,” recognized for its excellence by both the Rhode Island Press Association and the Society for Features Journalism.

The teaming pairs one of our most veteran reporters with one of our newest.


Tom Mooney marked 30 years as a Journal reporter on Saturday. He has covered news locally, nationally and abroad, and his stories have won both regional and national recognition, including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Association of Sunday and…

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