A Guide to Adoption Agencies in Rhode Island

Rhode Island adoption services for expectant/birth mothers

Rhode Island is known as a great place for visiting the beach and enjoying fresh calamari. The littlest state in the Union is more than its shorelines, seafood, and authentic Italian cuisine. It is home to more than one million New Englanders. If you are living in Rhode Island and facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be thinking about adoption. If you are looking to learn more about adoption in Rhode Island, you have come to the right place.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy is overwhelming. The good news is that you have options. You may not have planned for this pregnancy, but you can take control of the situation now and make a positive, loving choice that will benefit you and your child. The best news: You do not have to do it alone. There are Rhode Island adoption agencies ready to support you.

Rhode Islanders considering adoption can turn to a reputable adoption agency for support. A full-service adoption agency – like Adoptions With Love, based right next door in Massachusetts – can offer supportive services at no cost to you, the expectant/birth mother. These services cover everything from financial aid during pregnancy and compassionate counseling services to post-adoption placement contract support.

Choosing an adoption professional is the first place to start when considering adoption. An experienced adoption agency can walk you through the Rhode Island adoption process, prioritize your health and well-being, and ensure the adoption is carried out legally, safely, and smoothly, all while meeting your needs.

Rhode Island Adoption Services

Finding out you are pregnant when you are not ready is a stressful situation. There are Rhode Island adoption agencies that can walk you through your options, which include:

For some, parenting your child may feel like the right choice, but it is something that you cannot jump into lightly. Raising a child from birth to the age of 18 costs an average of $310,605 – not counting college tuition. If you do not have a solid plan, it can be a challenging road to take.

If you know that you are not ready to become a parent, but abortion is not an option you are considering, then you have one more choice: adoption.

There are many benefits for placing a child for adoption in Rhode Island. Adoption gives expectant/birth mothers the freedom to pursue their personal and professional goals. This freedom for birth mothers comes with the peace of mind that their child is safe, healthy, and loved.

Another benefit for expectant/birth mothers who choose adoption is the supportive services offered by a full-service adoption agency. These services are always free for expectant/birth mothers who choose adoption in Rhode Island. If you decide to make an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, you can expect to receive the following services:

  • Compassionate counseling
  • Legal services
  • Housing assistance. We can cover a deposit and several months of rent.
  • Other living expenses, such as utilities, phone bills, transportation, food, and maternity clothes, as needed.
  • Medical care. We can help you find a doctor or midwife with whom you feel comfortable, and we can cover any uninsured medical expenses related to the pregnancy and birth.
  • Adoption planning and ongoing support. We can help you design the perfect adoption plan for you and your child and continue to check in or act as a liaison with the adoptive family.

Adoption can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. At Adoptions With Love, caring counselors can work with you as much as needed to provide guidance and support. Your needs – as well as the needs of your baby – are the top priority. Whenever you feel that you need emotional support or a lending ear, we can be there for you and meet you at a time and place that is convenient for you.

The adoption attorneys we work with for Rhode Island adoptions are there for you, as well. The legal services – like all the services provided – are always free for expectant/birth mothers. The attorneys who work with Adoptions With Love are experienced and well-versed in all Rhode Island adoption laws. They will ensure your rights are protected and can answer any questions you may have throughout the adoption process.

Once you have chosen your adoption agency, you can consider the type of adoption you want. You may choose between the following types of adoptions in Rhode Island:

Most adoptions today are open adoptions. This can look different for every family, but open adoption means there is ongoing communication between birth and adoptive families after the adoption is complete. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to the perfect adoption plan for you and your child. Your social worker can help you decide which type of plan will best meet your needs.

You can also choose adoptive parents for your child. At Adoptions With Love, expectant/birth parents can browse the many adoptive family profiles of those who are ready and qualified to adopt.  They all have background checks and are well known to Adoptions With Love.

Whether you live in Woonsocket, Providence, Newport, Westerly, or anywhere in between – there are Rhode Island adoption agencies that care and can help you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption in Rhode Island

How do I place my baby for adoption in RI?

Placing your baby for adoption in Rhode Island starts with choosing a reputable adoption agency. This organization can walk you through the entire adoption process and offer you the supportive services you deserve. Click here to learn more about how to place your baby for adoption in Rhode Island.

Are there any fees for placing a baby for adoption?

No. There is never any cost to expectant/birth parents for adoption in Rhode Island. In fact, financial assistance is available during and shortly after pregnancy for those who choose adoption. Adoptions With Love can cover a security deposit and several months of rent, utilities, medical costs, the costs of maternity clothes, and more.

How do I know I am making the right decision?

Adoption is a very personal decision. Only you can decide if it is right for you, and only you can determine what is right for you and your child. Adoptions With Love supports expectant/birth mothers and any decision they make. We would never pressure anyone into making an adoption plan, but we can help guide you and discuss your options as you consider this path.

What if I am in labor, or have already given birth? Is it too late to choose adoption?

It is never too late to make an adoption plan in Rhode Island. Whether you are in your first trimester, your third trimester, or you have already given birth, Adoptions With Love can help you make an adoption plan that meets your needs at any time.

What are the birth father’s rights in Rhode Island?

Expectant/birth father rights can be complicated, particularly if the relationship is strained or the birth father is unknown. Most cases of birth father rights in Rhode Island are handled on a case-by-case basis. It is best to contact your adoption specialist so they can guide you and give you the most accurate information pertaining to your situation.

Remember: It is Never Too Late

At this moment, you may be feeling worried and confused. It is important to remember that adoption is not “giving up” your child. Choosing adoption in Rhode Island means giving your child opportunities in life and giving hope to a wonderful and caring family who will love and adore your child. Adoption is a courageous choice that you can make at any stage of your pregnancy.

Contact Amy, Nancy, Jess, Kate, Dana, and Brittany by text (SMS) at 617-777-0072, by phone at 1-800-722-7731, or by email at info@awlonline.org. Our staff is here to answer your call any time of day or night, any day of the week. We are here for you.

Since 1986, Adoptions With Love has been assisting birth/expectant parents throughout Rhode Island with our caring and compassionate adoption services."