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Foster Care Adoptions in Rhode Island can be completed through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (401-528-3676).
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Hey Rhode Islanders! Are you a young woman who finds herself dealing with an unplanned pregnancy? Are you a woman or a couple who has always wanted children but no matter how many tests you take, no matter how many times you have tried shots, artificial insemination, or even several rounds of in-vitro fertilization, you cannot get pregnant? Or, are you a family who has a child but has been told getting pregnant again would not be good for you; that it could hurt you or the baby? This article will cover, briefly, the steps that a birth mother/parents, as well as prospective adoptive parents, must take when considering a Rhode Island adoption.
First, however, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about this great state that residents might not even know. These facts come from movoto.com.
There are so many fun facts about Rhode Island that it was difficult to pick just a few to share. If you are prospective adoptive parents, there are many more interesting ideas and facts you might want to check out should you choose to adopt in Rhode Island. If you are a birth mother and are from Rhode Island but were not aware of this information, you can always find out more.
Do you find yourself pregnant but unsure of what steps you need to take for a Rhode Island adoption? This is a brief explanation of the six steps you will find yourself taking should adoption be the option you choose.
Having never had to make this decision myself, I am not certain I could. This is the first step in placing your baby. You must make the selfless, most loving choice that is best for the baby you carry. You may find yourself going through the stages of grief. These stages come and go, and you do not necessarily feel them in order, nor do they go away completely.
The decision to place your baby for Rhode Island adoption has been made, so now you want to find an adoption agency to gain a caseworker to help you with the rest of your journey. You want to be certain that the agency you choose is a good fit as they will be with you even through post-placement. The Gladney Center for Adoption is a leading adoption agency located in Texas, but they aid birth mothers/parents and prospective adoptive parents all over the world. If they are not the right agency for you, they will assist you in finding one that is suited better to you and your adoption story.
Hiring an adoption attorney is a good step to take because he/she is the one who will make certain that all the legal aspects of your adoption journey are completed correctly, such as the paperwork and the contract between you and the prospective adoptive parents; he/she will also make sure everything is in order when it comes time for finalization.
Being able to choose who gets to raise your baby is a blessing, but it can be as difficult, if not more so, as making the decision to place your baby for adoption. For Rhode Island adoption, as with many other states, there is a fairly new technological advance that allows you to go through several prospective adoptive families called photo listing, which is faster than the old-fashioned way of combing through files.
Once you have decided on the couple/individual you want to become your baby’s forever family, then, in most cases, a phone call takes place. After the phone call, a face-to-face meeting is set up where you, your caseworker, the prospective adoptive parents, and their caseworker get together to talk more in-depth about the wants and needs of both sides. Communication is extremely important; it is helpful to have some questions for the prospective adoptive parents. This meeting is your chance to get to know more about each other, so you want to ask questions that are fun. These questions could include:
These types of questions will make communicating with the prospective adoptive parents easier.
4. Designing your adoption plan.
With the assistance of your caseworker and the prospective adoptive parents, you have the opportunity to decide what arrangement is made depending on how much contact you have with your child once he/she is placed in a Rhode Island adoption. There are three types that you must consider:
5. Constructing your hospital plan.
When you have finally reached a decision on who you want to adopt your baby and the type of adoption plan you want, then you get to make the decision of who you want in the delivery room with you when you are in labor. You may find that you want your support system with you, whether it be the birth father, your own mother, or your best friend–whoever has been by your side throughout your journey thus far. Even still, you may find that you want the adoptive mother, if not both adoptive parents, to experience as much of the delivery experience as you can give them, so they feel as if they are a part of it. In the end, you are the one giving birth so you want to listen to your intuition.
6. Life after placement.
As you were going through the motions, and making one heart-wrenching decision after another, did you think about what your life would be like once the dust settles? Do you finish school if you haven’t already? Do you get a job? What about your friends? Will they be the same? Will you continue therapy if you have already started it or start if you haven’t? A therapist can help you deal with the emotions that roil inside you all the time. They can also connect you with birth mother/parent support groups with others who have been where you are. The point is, your life will not go back to the way it was prior to your pregnancy because you are not the same person. You want to find new things to help you through the next leg of your journey.
There are a few reasons why people consider adopting children: a) they are told not to get pregnant because it could be detrimental to both mother and baby, b) they have tried everything from clocking ovulation to IVF, but still aren’t having any luck, or c) an individual without the means to birth children of their own wants children nonetheless. So, what do you do? For a Rhode Island adoption, these are the basic steps you should take.
When considering adoption, if you have a spouse or partner, you want to discuss the topic at length with them, making sure that you take into account their feelings on the situation. There may be some partners who are reluctant to broach the subject, much less talk about it. After that, if you have any children already, you want to explain to them what adoption is. According to Dictionary.com, adoption means, “Someone raising a child that is not biologically related to him/her.” You want to make sure that you let them vent their feelings whether they are negative or positive so they feel as if they are part of the journey.
Just like the birth mother/parents, you want to find an agency that suits your wants and needs as this agency will assign you a caseworker who’ll be a part of your journey to the end. You want to be certain that you and the caseworker are a good match as well.
Hiring an adoption attorney is vital because he/she will be the one that makes sure your adoption goes through all the legal channels and everything is filled out and filed with the courts correctly.
Thanks to technology, developing your profile is easier nowadays than it would have been not too many years ago. Now, you can create your profile on the computer. You want to put your best foot forward as you fill out and add photos letting the birth mother/parents know who you are and what makes you her best choice to raise her baby.
This is a must when you wish to adopt a child. During a home study, a social worker will come into your home, interview both adults (separately and collectively), ask about parts of your life such as finances and whether there is room for the adoptee, your parenting styles, and how you will come together and love a baby should you be chosen by a birth mother. If there are children, he/she will sometimes talk to them as well. He/She wants to be certain that the children understand what is taking place and why.
As I mentioned in the second section, communication is key when you meet the birth mother/parents. Just as they can ask you ice-breaker questions, you too can make it easier for the birth mother/parents to open up to you.
You have the ability with some simple questions to set the birth mother/parents’ mind at ease.
Most of the time, the birth mother signs her rights as a parent to the baby over once she hands the baby to her caseworker, but there are times when this doesn’t happen until the finalization. In those cases, the finalization is stalled either because the birth mother was not ready or because the agency could not find the birth father as they need his signature as well. Once the signatures are obtained, your adoption is final.
Rhode Island adoption is not easy for either party involved, but knowing a little bit of what to expect can take some of the pressure off.
DISCLAIMER: Although this article was written to aid birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents in their quest that is adoption, it does not take the place of an adoption agency or an adoption attorney. Please get advice from them when faced with such a decision.
Are you ready to take the next steps on your adoption journey? Visit The Gladney Center for Adoption to learn more.
Applicants can be single, married, or divorced. You can own or rent a home. The process starts when parents obtain an application package. You must submit to a criminal background check. A licensed social care worker will visit your home to conduct a home study. As part of this process the home will be inspected for safety. Parents wishing to foster must attend a 9 week orientation class.
Advertising: No agency or person may receive any compensation for giving consent or relinquishment of a child for the purposes of adoption. This does not limit reasonable and necessary agency and attorney fees or birth parent expenses. § 63-9-30(5); 63-9-310(F); 63-9-710(A)(11)
Relinquishment: Consent to an adoption may not be executed sooner than 15 days after the child’s birth. The consenting party may challenge the consent in court within 180 days after the final adoption decree is given. §15-7-6; 15-7-21.1
Birth parent expenses: No laws currently regulate private domestic adoption expenses.
Post-adoption contact agreements: Contact agreements in RI are legally enforceable when filed in writing with the court. Birth or adoptive parents may file a petition with the court to compel birth or adoptive parents to comply with the contact agreement. § 15-7-14.1
Birth father rights: While no paternity registry exists, unmarried fathers hoping to receive notice of adoption proceedings may file an acknowledgement of paternity with the family court clerk. § 15-8-3
Finalization: The average time between TPR and adoption finalization in 2014 was 3.4 months.
Many of the children waiting to be adopted in Rhode Island have special needs. Federal (Title IV-E) and state (non-IV-E) programs exist to help adoptive parents meet their child’s needs. In Rhode Island, the maximum monthly amount ranges between $100-110. For more information on adoption assistance please visit NACAC.org.
It is always possible to adopt a child from another country, even if you live in the United States. Children under 18 adopted from a Hague Convention country entering the U.S. with an IH-3 visa may automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
Children adopted from a non convention country must qualify as orphans before receiving U.S. citizenship. When U.S. citizens finalize an adoption abroad, they must apply to the USCIS for an IR-3 visa for the child. An IR-3 visa classifies the child as an immigrant and may provide the child with citizenship upon arrival in the States.
Rhode Island currently accepts a foreign adoption decree when parents request a U.S. birth certificate for their child.
Gallery of children waiting to be adopted: https://adoption.com/photolisting?page=1&search_type=region&range=UnitedStates
State subsidy contact:
101 Friendship Street, 4th fl
Bristol, RI 02903
Adoptions in Rhode Island can be completed through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Applicants can be single, married, or divorced. You can own or rent. After an application package is submitted, a licensed social care worker will visit the home. Background checks will be conducted. Parents must complete a home study. Foster parents must attend a 9 week orientation class.
No agency/person may obtain any compensation in exchange for consent to an adoption or placement of a child.
Birth parents must wait at least 15 days after birth before consenting to an adoption. Parents have 180 days after the final adoption decree to challenge consent given in court.
Contact agreements are legally enforceable in Rhode Island. While no paternity registry exists, unmarried fathers may take alternate steps to establish paternity.
Adoption assistance is available in Rhode Island. Parents may use international adoption agencies to adopt a child from abroad.