(a) In addition to the powers set forth in § 42-73-9, the child advocate, or his or her designee, shall have the power to commence in
the superior court a civil action against the state pursuant to the provisions of
chapter 25 of title 12 on behalf of any child the custody of whom has been assigned
to any institution or agency under the control of the department of children, youth,
and families or other private agency or provided in § 14-1-34.
(b) Any judgment for compensation or order for settlement of the claim for compensation
entered by the court pursuant to the provisions of § 12-25-3 shall be considered as the estate of the child for whose benefit the judgment or
order is entered, to be held by the office as guardian of that compensation, and shall
be deposited into a trust account established by the office for the purposes of distributing
those funds to the child in accordance with the plan adopted by the family court pursuant
to the provisions of § 14-1-35.1.
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