Testimonials & Adoption Stories

Touched by Adoption…


Amanda & Cliff
“The professionals at Adoption RI are always compassionate and make us feel welcome in the adoption community. Going through the adoption process, we felt our voice was always heard and that the staff at ARI advocated for our needs and our pre-adoptive children’s needs. We feel as though ARI is part of our family!”




“I’ve always known that I wanted children. When I was 32 years old and not married, I realized that I wanted to have children on my own. Adoption was the right answer for me. My two girls are the highlight of my life and I would be lost without them. We are fortunate to have found each other.”



“Today is the one year anniversary of when my son was placed with me! We are going out to celebrate tonight, surrounded by our friends and loved ones!!! Time goes so fast!!!”


“From the moment I walked in the door at Adoption RI, I experienced the profound dedication of the Adoption RI staff. You will not find a more talented, caring and purpose-driven group of professionals than Darleen Allen and her team. It really goes beyond being a job because at Adoption RI, their work is their calling. They are passionate about helping children in foster care and it shows!”




“It was a year ago today Caleb became an official part of our family. Best wishes to all who will experience that joy and happiness!”




“Over 17 years ago, Stephen and I adopted Isaac, and our lives became forever richer and more meaningful. Raising Isaac has been the greatest adventure of our lives. He has filled our home with love and laughter. We’ve shared hard times too, but we knew we were still a family then and that we will always be a family.”



“I am an adopted child from Rhode Island. My family moved to Virginia, and even though I am not their biological child, I have never felt more at home than with my mom and dad (adopted that is). Words can not express how grateful I am that I was adopted and given an amazing home with amazing parents. Thank you Adoption Rhode Island for the wonderful gifts that you have given me.”


“When I first heard about adoption, I was nervous because I didn’t think that anyone would want me but the staff at ARI showed me differently. They always gave me hope and they always encouraged me to continue to follow my dreams, and never gave up on me. Because of ARI, two days from now my adoption will be finalized. And to all of you children searching for a forever family, I want you to never ever give up and to please trust ARI because that is what I did. I can say that you may face struggles but you are all strong so you can all get through anything. I have faith in all of you and so does ARI so try to have faith in them. Finally thank you ARI for helping me find hope and because of you I can be a kid again.”


“I have had the pleasure of working with Adoption Rhode Island for the past 14 years. I am a Clinical Training Specialist with The Department For Youth and Families, training Foster and Adoptive families. Adoption RI has been instrumental to the success of placing children with these families. The staff have been devoted and committed to ensure that all children find permanent homes. They are supportive community partners who clearly have made a difference in the lives of children.”


“As a clinician at Arcadia Children’s Home I have had the pleasure of working with Adoption RI to support several children as they waited for adoption. The staff is caring, kind and a great resource! The children always look forward to the fun opportunities at ARI, like the Express Yourself Workshops and adoption parties, which provide a great opportunity for the children to see that they are not the only child waiting for a family. A few of the children were able to enjoy the camp experience and they bubbled with joy before they left. I know what a wonderful opportunity it was for them to be able to spend a week away from the children’s home.Thank you Adoption RI for your unwavering commitment to those waiting kids!, Carissa


“I have a Private Practice in Providence and work closely with Adoption RI (ARI) on behalf of a number of children and families. Over the years and going back to 2002, I participated with ARI specific to clinical services with individual children and families, fundraising events, peer collaboration, support groups, parties and child specific celebrations, State House presentations, and Adoption training opportunities. My clinical knowledge regarding Adoptions and Foster Care is continually enhanced as a result of my relationship with ARI. Regardless of how I have benefitted professionally from my relationship with ARI, their importance is summed up in the words of an adopted young man who said to me “if it wasn’t for Adoption RI, I never would have met my family!” What more important testimonial is there than this!!”


• “I like Adoption Rhode Island because they helped us
adopt my sister.”




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