Upcoming/Ongoing Events

Upcoming Trainings and Support Groups
A list of upcoming trainings, workshops and support services is shown in the Programs and Services section of this site. Check back for new programs to be added for 2018.

The Heart Gallery

Our 13th Annual 2017-2018 RI Heart Gallery, featuring beautiful portraits of children in RI foster care hoping for forever families, photographed compliments of several local professional photographers, and pristinely produced courtesy of Printmakers, Inc., is on tour throughout Rhode Island.

The children featured in this Heart Gallery are only a small number of the children in Rhode Island foster care who are in need of permanent families.

Since 2005, the Heart Gallery has helped to raise awareness of the need for loving families for the hundreds of children in state care.

Adoption Rhode Island is pleased to work with the RI Department of Children, Youth & Families to sponsor this powerful exhibit. It is our hope that as it travels throughout the state, the smiling faces of these children will touch the hearts of people who can help.

This powerful gallery can be viewed at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville throughout the month of July.

If your business or organization is interested in hosting the Heart Gallery, please contact Bridget Gieseke at bgieseke@adoptionri.org.

Spring Gala Thank You!

Thank you to all who sponsored and attended our Annual Spring Gala! It was certainly a beautiful evening, made even better by all who joined us! Special thanks to Joan Corey (facebook.com/JoanCoreyPhotography), who donated her time and talent to capture beautiful memories from the evening. To view the photos please click here.


A Series of Experiential Workshops for Youth Impacted by Foster Care and/or Adoption
EXPRESS YOURSELF! is a Program designed to meet the unique needs and interests of any youth who have been impacted by foster care and/or Adoption. This FREE workshop series offers an opportunity to meet others with similar life experiences and express themselves in a creative and supportive environment.

Local artists and clinicians lead exciting and fun filled workshops, each workshop will include instruction and “hands-on” assistance with the craft, art project or other activity. Additionally, issues relevant to foster care and adoption will be discussed. This program is open to all community youth impacted by adoption/foster care!!


Adoption RI’s Summer Camp/Childhood Experience Fundraiser
“Every Child Deserves a Childhood!” In order to maximize the opportunity for Rhode Island children impacted by foster care and adoption to create lifelong childhood memories and enjoy “Fun Childhood Experiences” like other children their age, we are expanding our Annual Summer Camp Fundraiser to include not only summer camp, but any number of fun childhood activities available all year round! From a week at summer camp to horseback riding lessons, baseball clinics to art classes, gymnastics to back to school clothes shopping & more! Join us at Finn’s Harborside on Wednesday, July 18th beginning at 6:00pm for a casual buffet dinner, LIVE music by the Juke Box Heroes, dancing, raffles and more and help us give kids in care a chance to broaden their horizon with new adventures! Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by calling Adoption RI at 401-865-6000 or Finn’s Harborside at 401-884-6363, or online at
www.ari-summercamp.eventbrite.com Because of the forecast, we’ve moved the event inside to Finn’s 2nd floor banquet room, but the deck will be open as well, should you want to wander outside and enjoy the sea air. Hope to see you there!


3rd Annual Duffle Bag Bash
No child should have to carry their belongings around in a trash bag!

Adoption Rhode Island, the Office of the Child Advocate and Lise M. Iwon invite you to join us for an afternoon of fun, food, festivities and fostering hope for children in care on Sunday, August 12 from noon-4pm at Matunuck Community Center, 619 Matunuck Beach Rd., Matunuck, RI.

Among the event features:
• Lunch Buffet, catering by Adair Catering
• Raw Bar, courtesy of Matunuck Oyster Bar
• DJ – Chris Medeiros
• Wine & Beer, courtesy of Mews Tavern
• Kids activities including: Field Games, Snow Cones, Face Painting & More!
• Duffle bag collection, storage and distribution courtesy of Cardi’s Furniture

Please pre-register at www.DuffleBagBash.eventbrite.com so we can get an estimated number of people attending. Registration is free, however admission into the event will require the following:

Adult Admission: One brand new rolling duffle bag or suitcase AND/OR a $25 Target, Visa or Kohls Gift Certificate
Child Admission: One brand new backpack

Anyone interested in helping but unable to attend may drop off their donation at:
Mews Tavern, 456 Main St., Wakefield or
Adoption RI, 2 Bradford St., Providence.



Tuesday’s Child 26th Annual Golf Tournament

Adoption Rhode Island’s 26th Annual Tuesday’s Child Golf Classic is coming up on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the pristine Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Click on the image to the right for full details.


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