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About Adoption Rhode Island

Impact

Adoption Rhode Island has a significant impact on the adoption and foster care communities in Rhode Island and across the country.

ARI serves 2000+ individuals each year including more than 350 children each month in a continuum of direct services. Furthering our impact, we have reached 800+ child-serving professionals through training and workforce development programs. We are curious, innovative and persistent in our desire to deliver effective and efficient outcomes. We provide a range of services and supports to children, youth, families and our community.

We are both excited and proud to share some of the impact we were able to make in 2020, a year filled with challenges and remarkable strength.

Finding Families for Children

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Utilizing a variety of family search and engagement strategies, our direct service staff conducted close to 500 specialized family finding searches, including in-depth child welfare case reviews, to find and engage new and/or lost relationships for our children and youth. We welcomed 150 families into the process of fostering and adopting. In spite of all of the additional challenges of the pandemic, the efforts of our Adoption & Permanency Services team resulted in more than 50% of our children being matched, placed, or adopted with a family! In fact, we also launched a new program. In the first 6 months of this national pilot project, our Private Investigator and Recruiter more than Tripled the number of connections identified for youth and expanded the size of participants’ family trees to be 8 times the size of when referred to the program

Supporting Children in Foster Care

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Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, preparing for adoption is no small feat, which is why our Adoption and Permanency professionals facilitated more than 250 preparation activities. Some of the tools used include creating eco-maps and genograms, discussions about matching and adoption readiness, creating youth and family profiles, and clarifying conversations to help youth and their supporting families understand their journey to permanency. Because authentic engagement is critical and relationships matter, our Adoption & Permanency and Teen Focus professionals made more than 1,400 virtual or in-person face-to-face contacts and facilitated more than 2,500 youth-specific team meetings and case consultations to provide the knowledge needed to facilitate permanency and promote safety and well-being for youth served.

Empowering Youth Success

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Ensuring that young people in foster care launch into adulthood ahead of the odds with a high-school diploma in hand makes supporting school success a part of our work with children and youth. Over the past year, across all of our programs, more than 70 children and teens, and adoptive families, received individualized supportive services to meet academic goals, secure needed special education services, and meet requirements to graduate from high-school with a plan for what comes next. In spring 2020, 100% of the youth in our Teen Focus program who were seniors in high-school met graduation requirements and earned their diploma and program support over the past year has helped 12 young people to pursue college.

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Thanks to the outpouring of community support, we were able to provide nearly $30,000 of direct benefits, including funds and gift cards, to youth and families to promote enrichment and educational activities, provide basic needs and COVID-related relief, and offer holiday gifts to create a sense of safety, wellness, and normalcy in year of unprecedented challenges.

Raising Awareness and Advocating for Children and Families

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To raise awareness of foster care adoption and our commitment to preventing youth from aging out of foster care without family support Adoption RI reached almost 10,000 social media connections, was featured in over 200 print, television and radio segments, displayed a minimum of 6 billboards and averaged website interaction of over 20,000 per quarter. We organized numerous legislative convenings, participated in several statewide committees, advocated for executive orders for foster youth and participated in developing child welfare policy recommendations for Congress and the new administration.

Helping Children and Families Heal

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Every family has their ups and downs, especially when helping children heal from trauma. Through provision of our adoptive family stabilization and preservation program, we provided more than 500 clinical sessions and well over 300 supportive case management calls, resulting in 100% of post-adopt families remaining together.

Delivering High Quality Services

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To keep our employees on the cutting-edge of child welfare, youth engagement, and mental health research and best practices, our team attended more than 70 trainings and workshops this year. Several employees completed post-graduate certificates and others were accepted into prestigious leadership programs.

Capacity Building and Workforce Support

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We facilitated more than 30 trainings and workshops, reaching over 800 individuals, further advancing the knowledge and skill set of clinicians, teachers, providers across RI and beyond.