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Starting the Adoption Process in Rhode Island


My partner and I are beginning the process of becoming licensed to foster and adopt in Rhode Island.  We are wondering if there is anyone with experience in our little state.  We are trying to figure out the differences between the agencies that work with DCYF to place foster kiddos with families. In particular we are trying to figure out the pros and cons of working with Adopt RI over Children’s Friend. 

Beyond that specific question, we welcome any thoughts about deciding on an agency to work with for fostering with the ultimate hope of fostering to adopt.

Thank you for any help!


How exciting! I’m so excited for you!

I don’t know very much about Children’s Friend and we didn’t end up getting matched through ARI, so I can’t speak to either very much. My understanding of ARI is that they often work to find families for children whose parents’ parental rights are already terminated or about to be terminated.

Once you’re licensed, you can send your home study (HS) to both ARI and CF. We sent our “one-sheet” (a single page with captioned photos of us, our home & pets, and a few lines about us) to ARI after we were licensed and spent time looking learning about children they’re working with, but our DCYF case worker matched us rather quickly.

Have you started your TIPS-MAPP (sp?) training yet?

Let me know if you have more questions.

Posted by Supdub on Dec 04, 2017 at 2:00am

Hello and thank you for writing back! We have started TIPS-MAPP! And this is very helpful. We have heard similar stories about people being matched relatively quickly through DCYF. I am curious what age range you were looking for and what age you were matched with, if you don’t mind sharing?

Posted by Providence Hopeful on Jan 24, 2018 at 12:16pm

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