Community Involvement

Community Involvement with Adoption Rhode Island comes in all kinds of ways. We are grateful to have so many members of the community helping us help the children and although we can not list them all, here are a few examples of how are community partners are helping us…

Innovative Visuals, LLC
We are so grateful to friends, Doug and Laura Vaillancourt of Innovative Visuals, who came to us in November with an offer to donate their time, talent and technology to create an immersive 3D Virtual Heart Gallery for us, allowing the public to virtually walk through the gallery, and bring each beautiful portrait right into their homes and into their hearts! Innovative Visuals uses this emerging technology typically in the real estate and construction arena, so their concept of applying it in the world of permanency and adoption recruitment is truly cutting-edge! Please visit our Heart Gallery page to view this amazing tour, and take a minute to learn more about Innovative Visuals on our website here or on their website at

2017 National Adoption Month Celebration and Award Ceremony
Our annnual State House Event, held November 16th, was a beautiful evening reinforcing our dedication to Children First, and Always, honoring several community members who share the same dedication and unveiling our 13th Annual Heart Gallery! We are proud to work with the many friends of Adoption RI who helped make this night so special. To read a rundown of the evening and the wonderful individuals and organizations we honored, and why, you can access the Program via the photo link to the right.

Adopt Hope – ARI Video Presentation
We recently reached out to (add)Ventures to help us produce a brief video that would highlight the impact Adoption Rhode Island makes on the lives of children in state foster care – Children who are waiting for the forever family and the childhood they deserve. Please take a few minutes to view this powerful video…


Thank you to (add)Ventures for caring about children in foster care and helping us spread our message of hope!


Wendy’s Coupon Book Fundraiser
Thank you to Wendy’s and their valued customers throughout RI and Southeastern Ma for helping support Adoption RI through a recent Jr. Frosty’s TM Coupon Fundraiser! Your generosity has raised over $502,000 to help us support the hundreds of children in Rhode Island foster care since this fundraiser began in 2011, and we are confident this year’s results will be just as successful as year’s past!


Ad Council’s Adoption from Foster Care Campaign!
We did it!! The votes have been tallied to determine the winner of #MarchADness2017 is . . . Adoption from Foster Care!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted and all of the incredible campaigns selected to compete in each round. We are hopeful that the votes this campaign has garnered is indicative of the increased support Americans have for adoption from foster care and the belief that adoption from foster care is a mutually beneficial way to build a family.
Adopting a child or teen from foster care can be a daunting idea, and potential parents are vulnerable and can have a lot of doubts. In order to encourage the adoption of youth from foster care, the Adoption from Foster Care campaign has taken a humorous approach in order to reassure potential adoptive parents that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” (including scenarios some of us have actually lived, such as the one below!) Since the campaign’s launch in 2004,the Ad Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , AdoptUSKids, and the creative agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners have helped to place almost 25,000 children with permanent adoptive families.

However, there is still work to do. There are currently 112,000 children and teens in the U.S. foster care system waiting to be adopted. The newest television and radio PSAs, launched in late 2016, highlight the need to find loving and stable families for youth in foster care. Help us spread the word to ensure children in care find their forever families and enjoy the childhood they deserve!


Thank You David Silverman for Caring about Kids in Care!
The day was simply SUPER thanks to David Silverman of David Silverman Photography who, once again donated his time and talent to bring joy, laughs, and perhaps even their own inner empowerment to over 40 children currently in state care waiting for permanency.

Our office was filled with the smiling faces of 40+ children all here to get photos taken by professional photographer and friend of Adoption RI, David Silverman. David has volunteered his services for a few years now offering, not only professional quality photos for our website, but a day where siblings and friends separated in care can come hang out, have fun, create memories and in the case of his most recent shoot, dress up as super heroes! Oh, and the laughter!!! No one makes kids laugh and actually enjoy getting their picture taken like David can. Each child will get copies of their photos to help remember this special day. (Some even include photos of themselves wearing a Patriots Super Bowl ring, as David is a photographer for the NE Patriots!) We cannot thank David enough for his commitment to our mission and his compassion for each and every child he meets each time he provides this opportunity for children in care to show a little more of their personality to prospective families!

A Better Place – A Video Presentation
The chance to have a permanent home, a family to love and a true childhood are among the dreams of many children in foster care. Please take a few minutes to meet real children and families whose dreams have come true and who are now in ‘A Better Place’ as a result of adoption, permanency and support from Adoption RI. Thank you to Sony Records and recording artist, Rachel Platten for granting ARI the rights to “A Better Place” – a song we feel truly speaks to the adoption community and how community involvement in our mission helps provide ‘A Better Place’ so many children and families impacted by foster care and adoption. Please be mindful that through the license granted to use this song, we are only allowed to stream this video via our website and sharing it in a way other is not permitted and may result in revocation of rights and/or other penalties.


Cardi’s Furniture Cares!
We cannot thank Nick, Ron and Peter Cardi enough for their continued support and compassion for our mission! From billboards to television features, radio spots to newspaper ads – and so much more!! The Cardi’s genuinely care about children in foster care!


Project Sand Angels
WE DID IT – We broke a World Record!! Many thanks to the Lions of Rhode Island District 42 who hosted Project Sand Angels,Sand Angels a community event to benefit Adoption Rhode Island, raise awareness about adoption from foster care, and to break a a Guinness Book World Record! With the help of several area Lions Clubs, sponsors, community friends & supporters and anyone who happened to be available at Narragansett Town Beach, over 600 people took to the sand on May 7th to make simultaneous sand angels and break the previous Guinness World Record of 400!Lions Donation We could not be more grateful to this dedicated group for choosing Adoption Rhode Island as the beneficiary of this amazing event. As a result of the Lions fundraising efforts around Project Sand Angels, District 42 presented us with a check for $14,326! For more information about the project visit or visit

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