Nicholas Alahverdian


Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian

JULY 11, 1987 – FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Read the Obituary and leave a memory or story in our online book of condolences. View the Proclamations, Resolutions and other memorial honors sent by Rhode Island Mayors and government leaders to the Alahverdian Family upon the occasion of his untimely passing.


Nicholas Alahverdian
Free Memorial Edition of
Dreading and Hoping All

New: Read the Memorial Edition of Dreading and Hoping All by Nicholas Alahverdian for free, courtesy of The Nicholas Alahverdian Center in collaboration with the Internet Archive. This special edition has been updated by Alahverdian Center staff and volunteers with news reports, citations, proclamations, and resolutions from public officials around Rhode Island after Mr. Alahverdian’s untimely passing.

The book remains available on the Apple Bookstore.

Alahverdian honored by
House of Representatives

Nicholas Alahverdian
Watch: Speaker of the House and the House of Representatives honor Mr. Alahverdian with a Resolution of condolences upon his passing

Listen: Mr. Alahverdian’s final interview prior to his death, with Steve Klamkin of WPRO News: click here

Read: Proclamations, Resolutions and other honors bestowed upon Mr. Alahverdian  upon the occasion of his death: click here

Obituary: Nicholas Alahverdian

The author and child welfare reform advocate Nicholas Alahverdian, age 32, died on Saturday, the 29th day of February 2020, losing his battle with non Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosed last year following complications with pneumonia. Alahverdian lived a warrior’s life. A fighter in spirit but a peacemaker in practice, Alahverdian survived life in Rhode Island’s troubled child welfare system the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Read more…

A Call to Action

In mid-February 2020, Nicholas Alahverdian and Representative Ray Hull, along with Reps. John Lombardi, David Bennett, and James McLoughlin have introduced legislation that would create the Emergency Oversight Committee on DCYF.

Read the bill.

For far too long, DCYF has been an agency perpetually steeped in chaos and pandemonium. Kids are dying more than ever in the Raimondo-era DCYF. It’s time for the General Assembly to take the lead on DCYF reform — and it begins with your help.

We need you to call your state representative and ask them to support H 7639 to create the commission.

Find your legislator by clicking here: or here:

Call Speaker Mattiello at 401-222-2466 or email him at and voice your support for H 7639 to protect Rhode Island’s children today and tomorrow.

February 2020 RI DCYF Oversight Commission Legislation News Coverage

The Providence Journal — DCYF oversight legislation proposed in honor of advocate

WPRI CBS News Channel 12 — Emergency Oversight Commission for DCYF proposed by lawmakers

WLNE ABC News Channel 6 — Lawmakers propose emergency oversight commission for DCYF

WJAR NBC News Channel 10 — House introduces bill to create legislative oversight commission on DCYF

NewsTalk 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM — Members of the RI House of Representatives honor Nicholas Alahverdian with proposed resolution to create the Emergency House Oversight Commission on the RI DCYF