Rhode Island Legal Services’ Family Preservation Project functions as an integral component of the Rhode Island Family Court’s child welfare system. The project’s attorneys represent parents who are facing the involuntary termination of parental rights or allegations of abuse, neglect, or dependency that have been brought against them by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.
The representation provided is based on the individual facts and legal strength of each case. It may include a probable cause hearing, full evidentiary trial and/or post finding reviews. In many cases, negotiated settlements are reached with service plans put into place for the parents involved in the system. These cases are heard before the Family Court and in certain situations before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.