Resources and Referrals

Due to Adoption Rhode Island’s visibility through the media, we are often the first agency people turn to for answers about all aspects and types of adoption. Adoption Rhode Island’s website averages 10,000 hits per month from people all over the country looking for more information about adoption and the children who wait for families.

If you are looking for additional information about adoption, please visit our Considering Adoption section of this site. This page will provide articles, books, presentations and other materials that may be helpful to families touched by adoption.

If you are interested in adopting a child or learning about the process, the next step is to attend an information meeting. Dates and locations of upcoming meetings are on our Information Meetings page.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-RI CHILD (1-800-742-4453).

For questions about your adoption subsidy, please contact Robin Perez at the RI Department of Children Youth and Families.

Rhode Island Lawyers Trained in Adoption of Foster Children
Please click here for a current list of lawyers who participated in a continuing legal education training in representing clients who wish to adopt or become legal guardians of children and youth in DCYF care. (Please note, there may be other lawyers who did not participate in this training but are nonetheless competent to handle adoptions and legal guardianships. Accordingly, this list is not exhaustive and neither Adoption Rhode Island, Family Court, nor DCYF is endorsing any particular lawyer(s)).

New Medicaid Coverage for Youth who Age Out of Foster Care in RI to Age 26
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extends the upper age for which youth who are eligible for RI’s Post Foster Care Medicaid Coverage to the young adult’s 26th birthdate. All youth who were in DCYF Foster Care (all out of home care excluding the RI Training School) and who close to DCYF and the Family Court are eligible for Post Foster Care Medicaid Coverage.

If you are assisting someone who aged out of foster care in RI who you think is eligible for the Post Foster Care Medicaid Coverage and needs to enroll/re-enroll, please have the young person call DCYF for assistance. DCYF Technicians are assigned based on a person’s last name as follows:

A-DE – Call Eligibility Supervisor Lisa McInnis at 401-528-3638
DF-LAG – Call Eligibility Technician Lauren Joaquin at 401-528-3637
LAH-RAL – Call Eligibility Technician Steven Woodruff at 401-528-3643
RAM-Z – Call Eligibility Technician Daisy Castrillon at 401-528-3642

New laws in RI allow BOTH parents to take PAID time off to bond with their adopted or foster child
The Temporary Caregivers Insurance program (TCI) provides up to 4 weeks paid leave from work to parents of a new child, through birth, adoption, or fostering. It must be taken within the first year of birth or guardianship. Apply for TCI or get more information at or email


Adoption Rhode Island
2 Bradford Street
Providence, RI 02903
contact person: Rita Capotosto

Children’s Friend
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
fax: 401/331-3285


Become a visiting resource or community mentor for a child in RI state care through the Real Connections program. Visiting resources offer children someone to talk to, to learn from, and to share the happier sides of life. Find out more about the Real Connections program and how you can get involved.

The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance
Information for adoptive families and professionals regarding health insurance & Medicaid

Assistance, information, support, Roots & Wings
(online adoption magazine)

Adoptee’s Internet Mailing List Homepage
Resources for adoptees, adoptee rights, searching
Comprehensive listing of resources and information for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption Community of New England, Inc.
A non-profit organization founded in 1967 to provide unbiased education and support about adoptionAdoption-Works
Adoption Lifebooks

Center for Family Connections
Consultation, clinical treatment, training and education
for families and individuals touched by adoption

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Dedicated to helping to find adoptive homes for children
in foster care, many resources for families too

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Has a lot of adoption information

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Institute for adoption research, policy and practice

International Soundex Reunion Registry
World’s largest reunion registry

National Adoption Center
Includes Faces of Adoption, national photolisting of
special needs children

National Foster Care Association

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
A wide range of adoption resources including conference,training,
support, publications, subsidy information and much more.
Online publication about international adoption

Tapestry Books
Adoption book catalog[/hide-this-part]


Other Resources

If you need help with other social services, such as food, housing, or utilities, dial 2-1-1 toll free or visit

Rhode Island Family Court
One Dorrance Plaza
Providence, RI 02903
contact person: Andrew Johnson
(Advocacy for children in state care.)

Day One
(The Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center)
300 Richmond Street Suite 205
Providence, RI 02903-4244
contact person: Christine Holmes

John Hope Settlement House
7 Burgess Street
Providence, RI 02903
contact person: Dr. Philip Dukes

Neighborhood Health Plan
299 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908
contact person: Jackqueline Dowdy

Office of the Child Advocate
272 West Exchange Street
Suite 301
Providence, RI 02903
contact person: Regina Costa

Rhode Island PBS
50 Park Lane
Providence, RI 02907-3124
contact person: Shirley Winslow

Rhode Island Voluntary Adoption Mutual Consent Registry
(passive registry for adult adopted persons,
their siblings, and birthparents)
Rhode Island Family Court
One Dorrance Plaza
Providence, RI 02903

The Sensational Child, Inc.
Lafayette Mall Complex Lower Level
(rear of main building)
650 Ten Road Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
contact person: Julie
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Suggested Reading List
Please click here to see a reading list for prospective adoptive and foster families.

Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices
A guide for caregivers and caseworkers on trauma, treatment, and psychotropic medications (US Children’s Bureau, 2012)



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