16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Dorothy Hultine, Implementation Director for Policy and Programs of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, has worked for over 25 years in the field of children and family services. As Director for Policy and Programs, she assumes responsibility for working with the Department's executive, administrative, and line staff, as well as community partners, to address the policy and practice issues relating to the Child and Family Services Review and the ensuing Program Improvement Plan. She uses her position to broaden her advocacy role for children and families, implementing numerous family-centered policies and practices throughout the Department, as well as to shepherd necessary supporting legislation through the State legislature. An integral part of the Department of Children, Youth and Families leadership team, Ms. Hultine proves a moving force in promoting family-centered practice and other best practices both throughout the Department and in the broader community.
Ms. Hultine began her career as a clinician at a community health center, providing case management services for acutely and chronically mentally ill individuals. She then became a social caseworker for the Department of Children, Youth and Families, providing services to dependent, neglected, and abused children both at home and in placement with the utmost sensitivity and compassion. Subsequently, Ms. Hultine moved on to policy development for the Department, soon managing this division as well as coordinating the Department's legislative agenda.
All who know Ms. Hutline are touched and impressed by her sensitivity, compassion, and respect for every individual she encounters. This, in turn, earns her the well-deserved respect and admiration of the staff, community providers, and families served by the Department.