Chafee announced Wednesday that he has chosen Janice DeFrances to be the department’s new director. DeFrances is president of Harmony Hill School, Inc., a Rhode Island school for special-needs students. She is a former school principal and has taught child and adolescent development at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College.
Chafee, an independent, says DeFrances’ background shows a dedication to working to better the lives of children. DCYF manages the state’s programs to help vulnerable children.
The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.