NewsRAdio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Department for Children, Youth and Families is considering closing its satellite office in Woonsocket.

DCYF spokeswoman Joanne Lehrer tells The Woonsocket Call that no final decision has been made, but confirmed the move is being considered as part of a budgetary consolidations.

She says if it is shut down, cases would be transferred to a Providence office that also handles cases from Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland, Burrillville, North Smithfield, Johnston and Cranston.

The satellite office was established in response to a task force study that outlined problems with child abuse and neglect in the region.

Officials from several local social service agencies have signed a letter protesting the proposed closing.


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