Rhode Island adoption laws


WHO CAN ADOPT IN RHODE ISLAND?

An adult who resides in Rhode Island, a married couple jointly, or a nonresident who adopts a child who has been in a child-placing agency’s custody.

Can LGBT families adopt? Yes, same-sex couples can petition for joint adoption.

RHODE ISLAND DOMESTIC ADOPTION LAWS

Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents? No.

Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption? Yes.

Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary? Not addressed in state statutes.

What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period? Not addressed in state statutes.

Is there a putative father registry? No.

When can consent to adoption be granted? Agency adoption: 15 days after birth; private adoption: after termination of parental rights (in practice about 6 months).

 When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic? 180 days after decree is entered, unless mitigating circumstances filed by court. In practice, return automatic.

Are post-adoption contact agreements legally enforceable? Yes, birthparents and adoptive parents may file a petition with the court.

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION LAWS

Is a foreign adoption decree automatically recognized by the state? Not addressed in state statutes.

Can parents readopt in this state? Is it mandatory? Not addressed in state statutes.

When will a U.S. birth certificate be issued? The State Registrar will issue a certificate of foreign birth upon receipt of an adoption report from the court that decreed the adoption, proof of the child’s date and place of birth, and a request from the court, the adoptive parents, or the adopted person if s/he is 18 years or older.

ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE IN RHODE ISLAND

Are adoption subsidies available? When do they start and how long do they last? Yes, subsidies are available for a special needs child, who is defined as having at least one of the following: 9 years or older, member of a minority ethnic or racial group, member of a sibling group of 2 or more children being placed together, has a documented or is at high-risk of developing a physical, emotional, mental, or medical condition, or has experienced an incomplete adoption. Adoption subsidies begin at adoption finalization.

Where can I learn more about the process of adopting a child from foster care in Rhode Island? http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/adoption.php

RHODE ISLAND ADOPTION UNIT
Adoption & Foster Care Preparation & Support
101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 528-3799
maureen.robbins@dcyf.ri.gov
http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/adoption.php