For years one of Rhode Island's hidden gifts has been: its Office of the Child Advocate, http://www.child-advocate.ri.gov/index.php
Their website explains their mission far better than I can.
RI Senators Walaska and Bates have introduced a Bill S-2529 to eliminate the Office of the Child Advocate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a Hearing on March 11, 2008 at the State House in Room 313, at the Rise of the Senate.
The site for RI's General Assembly is:
Update 3/10/08: I received notice that the bill has been Withdrawn as of late last week!
Thanks to all for attending to this!