Programs & Initiatives

Considering Adoption?

Adoption: Are you considering adopting a child from foster care? We are here to help guide you, support you and answer questions you have about the process.

Please contact us at 401-865-6000 x313

Adoption from Foster Care

Considering adoption but aren’t sure where or how to begin? Adoption Rhode Island will help you through the process!

Although most are school-age children, generally between the ages of 5 and 18, an increasing number of younger children are coming into care as well. These children deeply want a chance for love in a happy, permanent family setting. We invite married and single adults of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply. Most importantly, we are looking for families that can make a life-long commitment to provide a safe, loving home to a child. There is no cost to adopt any of these children.

Please take a few minutes to listen to Beth Capron, Manager of Adoption & Permanency Services at Adoption RI, to learn more about becoming a pre-adoptive family and the processes that follow.

Information Meetings

Do you have questions about adopting a child who is in Rhode Island state care? Are you trying to decide whether it’s right for you? Or would you like to get the adoption process underway?If the answer is yes – or even maybe, to any of these questions, we suggest that you come to one of our Information Meetings. These meetings are held once a month and feature presenters from Adoption Rhode Island and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, who will explain the steps of the adoption process and provide an overview of the children waiting to be adopted, and the rewards and challenges involved. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Applications to start the adoption process are available at the meeting if you decide you are interested. Families also learn about other routes they can take to become involved in the lives of waiting children. Click on the image below for a printable flyer of remaining 2021 Info Meetings.

The meetings are free and an R.S.V.P. is not required.
Providence – Meetings begin at 6:00pm

Information meetings are held once a month. The meetings are free and an R.S.V.P. is not required. Because of the sensitive subjects discussed in the meetings, they are not appropriate for children to attend. Most meetings are held at our NEW office at 290 West Exchange St., Suite 100 in Providence. Street parking is typically available along West Exchange Street. The office entrance is set back off street front, and is accessible by walking up Lot 1, which is between Strategic Point and Boys Town.

The 2021 schedule is as follows:

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If the weather is questionable, please call beforehand, check back here on our website, or watch for a posting on our Facebook Page.

While COVID restrictions remain in place, our meetings will be held virtually. Please contact Beth Capron at bcapron@adoptionri.org for more information and links to the virtual meetings

Out of State Process

If you are a waiting family from outside of Rhode Island with a completed home-study, we would be happy to register your home-study here so you can be considered for Rhode Island’s waiting children.

Adoption Rhode Island can only accept home-studies which are forwarded by the family’s adoption worker/agency. We are unable to register a home-study sent directly from the family.

Have your agency or social worker send a copy of your home-study and the other elements to Adoption Rhode Island, 290 West Exchange St., Suite 100, Providence RI, or email: adoptionri@adoptionri.org.

Obtain a matching criteria form, then print and fill out.

If you are interested in adoption but have not begun the process yet, the first step is to locate an agency in your own state to get a home study. National organizations like the National Adoption Center may be able to help you locate an appropriate agency. Also check our outside Rhode Island links on our Resources page. If you would like to be mailed an information please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of many commonly asked questions about adoption.

Must I be married in order to adopt?

No. Adoptions by single people are on the increase, and some children actually do best with a single parent. Married and single adults from any race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation are welcomed as adoptive parents.

Are there age requirements for adoptive parents?

In Rhode Island you must be over 21 years of age.

How old are the children available for adoption?

The majority of children Adoption Rhode Island works with are typically of school age, ages 8-18, though occasionally younger children come into care.

What about infants?

It is not often that infants are registered with Adoption Rhode Island. If you are interested in adopting an infant, either domestically or internationally, visit our list of licensed adoption agencies .

Are the children shown on the website the only children waiting for families?

No, the children you’ll meet in our Photo Gallery are children who are seeking adoption or other permanent connections. There are additional children seeking families who have some restrictions around recruitment and whose photos can not be displayed. If you would like more information regarding any of the children waiting for families, please contact our Adoption & Permanency team.

How much does it cost to adopt an older child?

There is no fee to adopt a child in state care through Adoption Rhode Island.
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What kind of income must an adoptive parent have?

There are no income requirements for adoptive families.

Must an adoptive parent be a homeowner?

No, you do not need to own a home. You will however, need to have at least two bedrooms in your home.

What is a home study?

A home study is an official document, written by your home-study writer, about you and your family that legally gives approval for adoption. To be more precise, it’s a series of group and individual meetings between a home-study writer, prospective adoptive parents, and family members. At these meetings you’ll discover the type of child or children that best “matches” you and your lifestyle.

How long will it take?

Once you have been accepted into a training group, the process takes three to five months to complete. The waiting period to be matched with a child can range from a few weeks to a year or two depending on how flexible your expectations are regarding the type and age of child they are willing to consider.

Where are the children while they are waiting to be adopted?

Most of the waiting children are living in foster homes, group homes, and residential treatment facilities.

Learn about our Adoption and Permanency Programs

Adoption Resources and Education

The Adoption Resources and Education program is a contract with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families to provide a range of recruitment strategies to identify potential families for children in foster care, raise awareness about the needs of children in foster care and assist with matching children and families. Some of the strategies include general, child-focused, child-specific and targeted recruitment strategies, case mining and family search and engagement. Adoption and Permanency Specialists work with children to help prepare them for permanency and promote best practices in adoption. Children are referred to these services by DCYF.

Tuesday’s Child

Tuesday’ Child is an award winning news segment featured on WJAR-Channel 10. Adoption Rhode Island partners with Channel 10 to create and produce features of children waiting to be adopted as well as stories about foster care and adoption. This partnership has provided enormous visibility for children who would otherwise not have a voice. Hundreds of inquiries about a child or the adoption process occur because of the partnership. The segment airs on Tuesdays during noon and 5:30 shows.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It is the only evidenced-based model of adoption recruitment in the country.

Adoption Rhode Island’s WWK Recruiters implement this evidenced-based, child-focused recruitment model that is proven to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs. In part, due to our staffs’ successful implementation and fidelity to this model, Adoption Rhode Island has more than tripled the size of the RI WWK chapter. For more information about the model click here.

Extreme Family FindingSM

The Extreme Family Finding program is an innovative and promising model that pairs an experienced adoption social worker with a private investigator to identify extended family members for children and youth in foster care. This program is very prescriptive in it’s approach and when implemented to fidelity, is very successful. In less than a year after launching the program, the EFF team has helped to identify hundreds of lost and unknown relatives and other supportive adults for high- need children in the Rhode Island foster care system. Originally funded through the Children’s Bureau as a pilot program, Adoption Rhode Island’s program was one of several programs to offer this model throughout the country. Because of the success, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families ( RI DCYF) has continued to fund the program and remains a strong and critical partner in achieving the positive outcomes. All referrals for this program come from RI DCYF.

Adoption RI offers an array of counseling services for pre and post adoptive children, teens and families.

For more information