Central Falls, RI.
September 25, 2018 – Senator
Jack Reed will celebrate the Central Falls School District as a 2018 Angels in
Adoption® Honoree for their outstanding advocacy for Foster Care for the
children of Central Falls.
Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which coordinates the Angels in
Adoption® Program, will honor Central Falls School District at an awards
ceremony on September 25 and gala on September 26 in Washington, D.C.
Central Falls School
District is being honored for the work the district is doing with DCYF to
improve experiences for students in foster care within the school district and
the state of RI. The Angels in Adoption® Program is CCAI’s signature public
awareness event and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S.
Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the
lives of children in the United States and abroad. This year, more than 100
Angels are being honored through the 20th Annual Angels in Adoption® Program.
Patricia Martinez, the
Chief of Human Capital and Community Empowerment for the Central Falls School
District, traveled to Washington, DC along with Ms. Judy Dyer a
Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Central Falls who herself recently became a foster
child-welfare agencies across Rhode Island have begun to focus on recruiting
diverse and bilingual families into the state’s pool of foster care providers.
The need is great: the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
(DCYF) reports that the majority of the State’s youth in out-of-home care are
multiracial, Hispanic, or Black Non-Hispanic. Additionally, statistics reveal
that children of color have lower adoption rates than their white peers, and
are more likely to be placed in group homes.
The City of Central
Falls is one of the most diverse communities in Rhode Island. The Central Falls
School District recognized the importance of educating local families about
kinship and foster options as one strategy for keeping children in their
schools and community. Superintendent Victor Capellan said, “School-aged youth
who need homes benefit the most when they are close to their communities—close to their
schools, teachers, friends and others who love and care about them.”
Central Falls School District began a partnership with DCYF to host “community
reach-back” meetings in order to educate local teachers, community leaders, and
families about kinship and foster care options and encourage more diverse
placements for children enrolled in their schools. The relationship between the
two organizations has flourished, leading to two recent foster care training
School District and DCYF are pleased with the outcomes of their collaboration
and plan to continue outreach and engagement with school employees and members
of the Central Falls community, once the school year begins again.
U.S. Senator Reed is
pleased to nominate the Central Falls School District in recognition of its
innovative work and the dedication it has shown to the children and families of
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