Adoption FAQ’s

Below is a list of many commonly asked questions about adoption.

For more information, click here to download our Frequently Asked Questions brochure.

Must I be married in order to adopt?
No, anyone can become an adoptive parent. Adoptions by single people are on the increase, and some children actually do best with a single parent. Unmarried heterosexual couples may also adopt, and single people and couples of any sexual preference are welcomed as adoptive parents.

Are there age requirements for adoptive parents?
Not really. In Rhode Island you must be over 21 years of age.

How old are the children available for adoption?
The majority of children Adoption Rhode Island works with are typically of school age, ages 8-16 although recently, we have seen a slight increase in the number of younger children.

What about infants?
It is not often that infants are registered with Adoption Rhode Island. If you are interested in adopting an infant, either domestically or internationally, visit our list of licensed adoption agencies .

Are the children shown on the website the only children waiting for families?
The children you’ll meet in our Photo Gallery are children who are legally available/approved for adoption.  There are additional children seeking families but are not yet legally available/approved and whose photos can not be displayed.

If you would like more information regarding any of the children waiting for families, please contact our Recruitment and Matching team.

How much does it cost to adopt an older child?
There is no fee to adopt a child in state care through Adoption Rhode Island.

What kind of income must an adoptive parent have?
There are no income requirements for adoptive families.

Must an adoptive parent be a homeowner?
No, and you are not required to provide a separate room for the adopted child.

What is a home study?
A home study is an official document, written by your social worker, about you and your family that legally gives approval for adoption.

To be more precise, it’s a series of group and individual meetings between a social worker, prospective adoptive parents, and family members. At these meetings you’ll discover the type of child or children that best “matches” you and your lifestyle.

How long will it take?
Once you have been accepted into a home-study group, the process takes three to five months to complete. The waiting period to be matched with a child can range from a few weeks to a year or two depending on how flexible your expectations are regarding the type and age of child they are willing to consider.

Where are the children while they are waiting to be adopted?
Most of the waiting children are living in foster homes, group homes, and residential treatment facilities.

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