Rhode Island Family Court Associate Justice

Laureen A. D'Ambra

Associate Justice

Contact Information
  • J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex, 1 Dorrance Plz., Providence, RI, 02903
  • Office Phone: (401)458-5300
  • TTY: 711
General Background
  • High School: Saint Mary's Academy - Bay View, 1975
  • College: Suffolk University, BS, 1977
  • Graduate School: Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1980
  • Business and Personal Affiliations: National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges; Rhode Island Trial Judges Association; Rhode Island Bar Association Family Court Bench Bar; Edward P. Gallogly Inns of Court; Oversight Committee for the Protection of Children; Honorary Member, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island; Juvenile Justice Commission
Public Service Information
  • Public Offices and Appointments: Rhode Island Child Advocate (1989-2004)
  • Prior Government Offices: Department of Children, Youth, and Family Legal Counsel (1980-1989)
  • The Family Court has jurisdiction over matters relating to delinquent, wayward, dependent, neglected, abused, mentally deficient, or disordered children. The Family Court also hears and determines all petitions for guardianship of any child who has been placed in the care, custody, and control of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The court also has jurisdiction over adoptions, child marriages, paternity proceedings, matters involving domestic relations, juveniles, and all matters relating to the enforcement of laws regulating childcare providers and child placing agencies.

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