Resources

Thank you for seeking information about adoption. Creating a family through adoption is an exciting, challenging, and hopeful process. Children in foster care are especially in need of forever families. We believe that all children are able to grow to their potential when they have loving families committed to them forever.

There are many resources in Rhode Island to help you as you travel the road towards becoming an adoptive family. At Adoption Rhode Island, we will help you get in touch with those resources. We have information, books, videos, and experienced staff, all here to make the adoption process a little easier and support you along the way, as well as post adoption.

The ‘Considering Adoption’ section of our website contains additional helpful information about the process of adopting a child both in Rhode Island and out of state. There are also educational materials about adoption in Rhode Island in our ‘Information Packet’.

Remember, if you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about adoption please contact us at 401-865-6000 or complete our Contact Form.

LICENSED RI ADOPTION AGENCIES – NO COST
LICENSED PRIVATE ADOPTION AGENCIES
RI FOSTER CARE AGENCIES/ASSOCIATIONS
RI ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE SUPPORT
RI MENTORING AND VISITING RESOURCE PROGRAM
RI ADOPTION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
ADDITIONAL RI RESOURCES
RI LAWYERS TRAINED IN ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE
RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF RI 


ADOPTION AGENCIES – NO COST
The Two Agencies Below are Licensed through the RI Dept. of Children, Youth & Families
(Adoption services are offered at no cost.)

Department of Children, Youth, & Families
401/528-3676  contact person for adoption: Robin Perez
(school-age children and special needs adoption) www.dcyf.ri.gov

Communities for People
Providence, RI  401/273-7103, www.communities-for-people.org (older youth 12-21, special needs adoption)


 

ADOPTION AGENCIES – PRIVATE
The Agencies Below are Licensed Independently (There may be some cost involved for adoption services.)

A Red Thread Adoption Services, Inc.
Norwood, MA   781/762-2428 www.redthreadadopt.org (domestic and international adoption)

Adoption By Choice through Catholic Social Services
Tiverton, RI   401/624-9270, www.adoption-by-choice.com  (domestic and international adoption)

Adoption Homestudy Service Agency
P.O. Box 4824, Rumford, RI 02916; 401/374-3527 e-mail: linkstoadopt@aol.com (domestic and international adoption, homestudies)

Adoption Options
Providence, RI  401/331-5437, www.adoptionoptions.org  (domestic, international, school-age and special needs adoption)

Alliance For Children
Pawtucket, RI  401/725-9555,www.allforchildren.org  (international and domestic adoption)

Bethany Christian Services
Warwick, RI  401/467-1395, www.bethany.org  (international and domestic adoption)

Children’s Friend
Providence, RI www.cfsri.org 401/276-4300  (domestic adoption)

China Adoption with Love
Pawtucket, RI www.cawli.org  800/888-9812

Friends in Adoption
Newport, RI www.friendsinadoption.org  401/841-0265  (domestic adoption)

Lutheran Social Services
Cranston, RI  401/785-0015

Wide Horizons for Children
Providence, RI www.whfc.org  401/421-4752  (international and domestic adoption)
 
 

FOSTER CARE AGENCIES/ASSOCIATIONS

Adoption Network, Ltd.
Wakefield, RI www.adoptionnetwork.com401/788-9118

Child & Family 
Providence, RI www.childandfamily.com 401/781-3669

Children’s Friend
Providence, RI www.cfsri.org 401/276-4300

Community Care Services
Cranston, RI www.communitycareri.org 401/785-0770

Communities for People
Providence, RI www.communities-for-people.org 401/273-7103

Department of Children, Youth, & Families
Bristol, RI 02809 www.dcyf.ri.gov 401/528-3700

Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care
Warwick, RI  www.devereux.org401/734-9680

Family Resources
Woonsocket, RI   401/769-4558

Family Service of Rhode Island
Providence, RI www.familyserviceri.org  401/331-1350

Boys Town of New England
Portsmouth, RI www.boystown.org 401-845-2250

Foster Forward
East Providence, RI www.fosterforward.net 401/781-1915

Groden Center
Providence, RI  www.grodencenter.org401-274-6310

Rhode Island Mentor
Smithfield, RI www.mentorri.org 401/231–0739

North American Family Institute, Professional Parent Program
Cranston, RI  401/383-4425
 
 

ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Adoption Rhode Island
2 Bradford Street Providence, RI 02903  www.adoptionri.org401/865-6000
contact person: Rita Capotosto email: rcapotosto@adoptionri.org
(adoption)

Children’s Friend
Providence, RI 02903 www.csfri.org 401/276-4300

 
 

MENTOR AND VISITING RESOURCE PROGRAM
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.

 
 

RI ADOPTION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
The following professionals have completed courses of study in advanced education and skills in working with adopted children and their families. Please note, this listing is a resource of adoption professionals who have completed the listed trainings and does not constitute an endorsement of an adoption professional. Families should contact each professional directly to inquire as to specialty, fees, experience, and services provided to determine the best practitioner for their child/family. Certifications are independent of Adoption RI. Adoption RI is not responsible for determining adoption competency nor liable for the practice of any listed graduates. Please click here for helpful questions to ask when looking for an adoption clinician.

Congratulations to graduates of the Adoption and Foster Care Certificate Program (AFCC):
Beth Capron, LCSW
Shannon Doherty, BA
Barbara Keefe, BSW
Charlotte Ringwood, ATR
Paula J. Persechino, BA
Amanda Reuter, LCSW

Congratulations to graduates of the Adoption Competency Program:
Rita Capotosto, MS, CAGS, LMHC
Emily Lyon, LICSW
Wendy Sousa, LICSW
Katheryn Tavares, MSW

 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CASA
Rhode Island Family Court
One Dorrance Plaza
Providence, RI 02903
401/458-3330
contact person: Andrew Johnson
email: ajohnson@courts.ri.gov
(Advocacy for children in state care.)

Day One
(The Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center)
300 Richmond Street Suite 205
Providence, RI 02903-4244
dayoneri.org

John Hope Settlement House
7 Burgess Street
Providence, RI 02903
401/421-6993

Neighborhood Health Plan
299 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908
401/459-6172
contact person: Jackqueline Dowdy
email:jdowdy@nhpri.org

Office of the Child Advocate
57 Howard Ave.
Suite 301
Providence, RI 02903
401/462-4300
child-advocate.ri.gov
contact person: Jennifer Griffith
email: jgriffith@doa.state.ri.us

Rhode Island PBS
50 Park Lane
Providence, RI 02907-3124
401/222-3636
ripbs.org

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
401/667-2797
sensationalchild.org
(books devoted to special needs, therapeutic tools and equipment, quality developmental toys. Also classes and groups)

 
 

LAWYERS TRAINED IN ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE
Please click here 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).

 
 

RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF RHODE ISLAND

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

Adoptee’s Internet Mailing List Homepage
Resources for adoptees, adoptee rights, searching

Adopting.com
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
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, with many resources for families as well

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Great resource for adoption related 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.

RainbowKids.com
Online publication about international adoption

Tapestry Books
Adoption book catalog




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