Title 40
Human Services

Chapter 11
Abused and Neglected Children

R.I. Gen. Laws § 40-11-19

§ 40-11-19. Parents with disabilities.

The department shall investigate reports of child abuse and neglect as mandated in this chapter. A parent’s disability, as defined in § 42-87-1, will not constitute sole grounds to initiate an investigation or a finding of child abuse or neglect; provided, that nothing in this section shall:

(1) Prevent a child from being considered abused or neglected if a child is harmed or threatened with harm as described in § 40-11-2; or

(2) Preclude the court from ordering the furnishing of supportive parenting services to address any impending or actual danger to the child.

History of Section.
P.L. 2021, ch. 19, § 2, effective May 26, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 20, § 2, effective May 26, 2021.