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

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 home study will be written and then you will be licensed.

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
See schedule of upcoming information sessions on their website.

Foster Forward
55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914
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
101 Friendship St., Providence, RI 02903

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

Children’s Friend and Service
Children ages birth to 6
153 Summer St., Providence, RI 02903

Child and Family
31 John Clarke Road, Middletown, RI 02842
Fax: 401-841-8841 fax

Communities for People
Children ages 12 to 18
623 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care
Children ages birth to 18
501 Centerville Road, Suite 102, Warwick, RI 02886

Community Care Alliance
Children ages birth to 18
245 Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895

Family Services of Rhode Island
Children ages 6 to 18
134 Thurbers Ave., Providence, RI 02905

Boys Town of New England
Children ages birth to 18
58 Flanagan Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Groden Center
Children ages 3 to 18
610 Manton Ave., Providence, RI 02909

North American Family Institute
Children ages 10 to 18
350 Duncan Drive, Providence, RI 02906

Post-adoption support services

Learn about the support available to families who adopt in your state:

Adoption Rhode Island
290 West Exchange Street, Suite 100, Providence, RI 02903

Children’s Friend and Service
153 Summer St., Providence, RI 02903

Community Care Alliance
245 Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895

Foster Forward

The Village for RI Foster and Adoptive Families  
139 Ocean Avenue, Cranston, RI 02905


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: Veronica Davis
101 Friendship St., Providence, RI 02903