Couples and individuals considering adopting or placing a child for adoption often wonder what resources, services and professionals are available to them in the Providence area. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or hoping to grow your family through adoption, this guide provides the information you need about Providence adoption agencies, home study providers and more.
For more information about state adoption laws, processes and qualifications, visit our Rhode Island adoption information page.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Providence
Whether you choose to work with an adoption attorney or adoption agency, your adoption professional can be a great resource for local adoption information. If you are a prospective adoptive family or birth mother looking for an adoption agency in Providence, these local and regional professionals can help you complete your Providence adoption:
Become a Foster Parent in Providence
There are many children in Providence waiting to be adopted and in need of temporary care in the foster system. If you are considering becoming a foster parent or adding to your family through foster care adoption, these local agencies and resources can provide information about foster care in the Providence area:
Additional foster care information and resources are available in our Rhode Island adoption information
Providence Home Study Services
Regardless of the adoption or foster care professional you choose to work with, you will need to complete a Rhode Island home study before a child can be placed in your care. Whether you are fostering or adopting, the home study ensures you are ready to provide a suitable home for a child.
Information about the home study process is available on our Adoption in Rhode Island page. The following home study providers can provide additional information about completing the home study in your area:
- Adoption Options (RI)
Adoption Options provides affordable adoption services to families in southeastern New England, including counseling and home study services.
- Alliance for Children
Alliance for Children is Hague-accredited and provides home study services for families working with the agency as well as families working with attorneys and out-of-state agencies.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Rhode Island home study providers.
Hospitals in Providence
When the time comes for the adoptive family and birth parents to finally meet their little one, a hospital plan will be in place to determine the details of the labor and delivery process.
If you are a prospective birth mother, your adoption agency will work with you and your delivery hospital to develop and coordinate your hospital plan. Here are some area hospitals you may be working with:
- Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02903
- Memorial Hospital
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption laws vary by state. For prospective birth parents and adoptive families in Providence, it may be helpful to understand some Rhode Island adoption laws, qualifications and processes.
For detailed information about adoption laws in Providence and throughout the state, visit our Rhode Island adoption page. Below, find an overview of some of the areas of adoption that are regulated by state laws.
Laws for Birth Parents
For birth mothers and fathers, the primary legal process in adoption is the execution of consent. If you are considering an adoption plan for your baby, you can learn about adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity laws and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents
Many prospective adoptive parents have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for adopting a baby in Providence. Rhode Island statutes regulate several areas of the adoption, from the qualifications to adopt to the expenses that can be paid by adoptive families. More information about these and other laws and regulations is available here.
The final stage of the legal adoption process is the finalization of the adoption, which will be completed in court. If you are adopting in Providence, Rhode Island, find additional information for Providence County.
Things to do in Providence
If your adoption plans include a trip to the Providence area, either to meet with prospective birth parents or to wait for ICPC paperwork to be processed, consider visiting the following attractions before returning to your home state: