Rhode Island foster care and adoption guidelines

Thank you for your interest in helping the children in the child welfare system. Although this journey is not for everyone, it can be the most rewarding decision you will ever make. The journey can be long and at times frustrating, but we are here to give you support and encouragement along the way for as long as you need or want it.

Contact information

Adoption Rhode Island
Contact: Beth Capron
Email: bcapron@adoptionri.org
Phone: 401-865-6000

Foster Forward
Phone: 401-438-3900, Mon. to Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 800-655-7787, after hours
Contact: Christine Forsyth, for English
Email: christine.forsyth@fosterforward.net
Phone: 401-438-3900, ext. 124
Contacte: Leidy Alves, para Español
Correo electrónico: leidy.alves@fosterforward.net
Teléfono: 401-438-3900, ext. 125

 

Things you should know

 

Foster care and adoption licensing requirements

 

To start the journey to become a foster parent, an application form must be completed. A packet can be sent to you if you call 401-528-3700 and request one or go to the Adoption Rhode Island website.

To start the journey to becoming an adoptive parent, a rapid response form must be completed. These can be obtained by attending an information meeting. These meetings are held once a month in Providence and North Kingstown. Please call for more information, 401-865-6000.

Once your application for either foster parenting or adoption is received, a background check will be completed and fingerprinting will be processed on all adult applicants. Also, references will be checked and a medical clearance will be sent to your doctor.

When all paper work is received, you will be invited to attend training classes. Classes are mandatory. These classes are held once a week, in the evening, for three hours at a time, and they last for 10 weeks. The classes are offered at several different locations. There will be paper work that will need to be completed during classes. Once classes are completed and all paper work has come back or has been turned in, a homestudy will be written and then you will be licensed.

 

Parent support groups

 

Adoption Rhode Island
Address: 2 Bradford Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-865-6000

Children’s Friend and Service
Address: 153 Summer St., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300

Family Resources
Address: 245 Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-766-0900

Foster Forward
55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914
Contact: Christine Forsyth, for English
Phone: 401-438-3900, ext. 124
Email: christine.forsyth@fosterforward.net
Contacte: Leidy Alves, para Español
Teléfono: 401-438-3900, ext. 125
Correo Electrónico: leidy.alves@fosterforward.net
See also: state and local resources for foster parents, direct service programs for children and youth in foster care

Agency contact and orientation information

 

Information meetings held at the following places and times.

Adoption Rhode Island
Address: 2 Bradford St., Providence, RI 02903
Time: 6 p.m. (see list of dates)

The Department of Children Youth and Families
Address: Quidnessett Baptist Church Library, 6536 Post Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02852
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month

Foster Forward
55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month
Contact: Christine Forsyth, for English
Phone: 401-438-3900, ext. 124
Email: christine.forsyth@fosterforward.net
Contacte: Leidy Alves, para Español
Teléfono: 401-438-3900, ext. 125
Correo Electrónico: leidy.alves@fosterforward.net
Information on our website: How to Become a Foster Parent

Foster care training, kinship care training and adoption preparation

Department of Children Youth and Families
Children ages birth to 18
Address: 101 Friendship St., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3700

Private or therapeutic foster care agencies

Alliance Health and Human Services 
Children ages birth to 18
14 Breakneck Hill Road, Unit 201, Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-475-3884

Children’s Friend and Service
Children ages birth to 6
Address: 153 Summer St., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-276-4300

Communities for People
Children ages 12 to 18
Address: 623 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-273-7103

Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care
Children ages birth to 18
Address: 501 Centerville Road, Suite 102, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-734-9680

Family Resources
Children ages birth to 18
Address: 245 Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-766-0900

Family Services of Rhode Island
Children ages 6 to 18
Address: 134 Thurbers Ave., Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-331-1350

Boys Town of New England
Children ages birth to 18
Address: 58 Flanagan Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 401-845-2250

Groden Center
Children ages 3 to 18
Address: 610 Manton Ave., Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-274-6310

North American Family Institute
Children ages 10 to 18
Address: 350 Duncan Drive, Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-351-6728

Urban League of Rhode Island
Children Ages birth to 18
Address: 246 Prairie Ave., Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-351-5000


 

Information on children

 

There are 2,509 children in foster care in Rhode Island; 382 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. For more information, contact:

The Department of Children Youth and Families
Contact: Diane Savage
Address: 101 Friendship St., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-3676