In State Process

Below is a step-by step look at the process of adopting a child from Rhode Island state care. For additional insight into the process, listen to Adoption RI’s Shannon Doherty, Adoption Permanency Coordinator.

Attend an adoption information meeting.
Staff from Adoption Rhode Island and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families will explain the adoption process in detail.  You’ll also learn about the children who are waiting to be adopted.

Because of the sensitive subjects discussed in these meetings, we feel that they are not appropriate for children to attend.  Meetings are held at our Providence office.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming meetings.


Enroll in a TIPS-MAPP resource family training and preparation class.
Classes are designed to:

•Prepare you to parent a child who has been in state care.

•Help you decide what kind of child will best fit into your family.

•Help the home finder (social worker) get to know you better so she/he can make a good match between family and child.

• Enrollment opportunities and further information about where and when classes are held will be available at the Information Meeting (see Step One), and/or you can access and complete the required application via the “BINTI” portal accessible HERE.


Background and home safety check.
Criminal and state child welfare background checks are completed. Additionally, your home must comply with all state child safety regulations.

Training and home study.
Once your application is approved, you will choose from upcoming available TIPS-MAPP Trainings. Trainings are typically held once a week for ten weeks, however other options may be available from time to time. Upon completion of the classes, the home study writer will meet with you in your home one or more times to collect homework and other paperwork from you.

The social worker will then write your home study, including:

•A description of your family

•Your lifestyle

•The kind of child or children you hope to parent

This home study will be registered at Adoption Rhode Island and used to help match your family with a waiting child or children.  Home studies are ONLY accepted from DCYF once you have been licensed. They cannot be submitted by the family.


Wait for a match.
Copies of your home study will be sent to DCYF caseworkers who work with the type of child you are seeking. The caseworker selects the family who she/he believes can best meet the child’s needs. This waiting period can vary since all adoptions are on a case by case basis.


Learn about your match.  
Once you’ve been selected as a good match for the child or sibling group, your social worker will meet with you to present:

•Background information on the child or children (medical history, educational records, professional assessments, and other information).

•You will have the opportunity to ask questions and to speak with people who work or live with the child (foster parents, teachers, group home staff, etc).


Meet the child and begin visits.
Once you’ve decided to proceed with your match, you will meet the child or children and begin a series of visits.  At first, visits will last a few hours, building up to overnight and weekend stays.

On placement day, the child will officially move into your home!


Finalize the adoption.
After the child has lived with you for at least six months, you will go to Family Court and legally adopt the child or children! She/he will then be given your last name, and you will have full parental rights and responsibilities as if the child were yours by birth.

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