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Rhode Island’s DCYF director announces she’s stepping down

July 10, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The director of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families is stepping down.

The agency said Wednesday Trista Piccola and her family are relocating to Arizona.

Piccola says she’s proud of reforms that led to fewer youth living in congregate care and an increase in licensed foster families. She says DCYF will undergo an independent review to inform the new director on next steps.

Piccola was criticized by lawmakers last month when a report into the death of a 9-year-old Rhode Island girl in foster care says ineptitude and inaction by DCYF was partially to blame. The case led to changes in the way the agency functions.

Piccola became the agency’s director in early 2017. She’s staying on while state leaders search for a permanent replacement.

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