Recruitment & Matching

As every child is unique, we tailor a recruitment plan to each individual child.  We find that when we are able to have the children take part in their own recruitment efforts, there is often an enthusiastic response. Below are some of the recruitment and matching services we offer.



Tuesday’s Child
The award winning news segment Tuesday’s Child on NBC 10 features a Rhode Island waiting child or an adoption-related story every Tuesday during the 12pm and 5pm news broadcast.



Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Adoption Rhode Island is the local adoption partner for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This program uses a child-focused recruitment model which is highly effective in increasing adoptions from the foster care system.

For more information about the The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, visit

Together Forever Project
Funded by the Administration of Children and Families collaboration with Family Service of Rhode Island, RI DCYF, and Rhode Island College, this program provides trauma-informed treatment in conjunction with targeted recruitment (applying similar strategies as the WWK model) for youth in foster care who are at risk of aging out without a permanent family.

Adoption Recruitment Events
Several times a year, Adoption Rhode Island hosts Adoption Recruitment Events for waiting children, waiting families, adoptive families and DCYF caseworkers. As a result of these events, many potential matches have been made in between waiting children and prospective parents.

Important tools in helping us find a family for a child are to have photos and videos. They offer the child a chance to introduce themselves and express thoughts, likes and personality to prospective families.

Matching & Placement Supports
Adoption Rhode Island staff are in daily contact with social workers to discuss family resources and recruitment plans. We help to find matches between the children in state care and the families that have been approved for adoption. All family referrals are given to the child’s social worker. Upon DCYF’s match and/or placement of a child in a pre-adoptive home, Adoption RI’s Adoption and Permanency Coordinators support the match through child and family preparation, face to face visits with the family, and consultation with the child’s treatment team.

Out of State Registration and Matching
When waiting children need additional resources or cannot be placed in Rhode Island, we are able to register them with adoption exchanges in other states and nationally. We also help facilitate interstate adoptions by bringing together adoption professionals from several states to share information and resources and clarify policies and procedures. We not only have been able to assist Rhode Island children in finding homes in other states, bu we have been able to help Rhode Island families in finding children from other states.

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