Rhode Island law and Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) policy affirms that children have the right to be protected from discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, but this language had been left out of the Children’s Bill of Rights—a document that must be given to every child involved with DCYF and posted in every DCYF licensed group home.

In February, the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill to add this language to the Children’s Bill of Rights, and the House passed the bill on June 24. As of the writing of this brief, Governor Raimondo is expected to sign it into law.