See also: Providence Adoption
Contemplating adoption can be overwhelming when there are so many options available. In Montana you may adopt and infant domestically, an infant or older child through an international adoption, or an older or special needs child through foster care.
In Rhode Island you may adopt a child if you are over 21 years of age. There is no upper age limit, and adoptive parents in their 40s and 50s are quite common. You do not need to own your own home and either single or married parents may adopt.
If you are interested in adopting an infant in Rhode Island, it will be handled through an adoption agency or an adoption attorney. Just as with an international adoption, make sure that any agency or attorney that you use is licensed in Rhode Island and has experience with infant adoptions.
If you are a birth mother and plan to place your child for adoption but are unable to make an adoption plan you may take advantage of Rhode Island`s Safe Haven law. The law allows you to place your infant (up to 30 days old) with a staff member at a hospital, an open medical emergency facility, a police department or fire department. They will find a safe home for your child.
When adopting internationally there is a large age range of children available. There are some factors to consider since each country has its own laws. Some countries limit the age of people that are allowed to adopt, and others do not allow adoptions of younger children. This will help you determine the country that you are interested in adopting from, and will also help determine which agencies you should use. Be sure to choose an agency who has experience in adoptions from that country.
There are many children currently in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. These children are categorized as special needs whether they have a physical or emotional disability or not. Older children, children of a racial minority, or sibling groups that need to be placed in an adoptive home together are also considered special needs. To begin the process of adopting a special needs child in Rhode Island, contact the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families.
You are required to take 27 hours of classes prior to the placement of a child in your home. The classes are intended to help you identify issues that children in foster care have faced and how to handle these issues.
Rhode Island maintains a passive adoption registry. If you are a birth parent who placed a child for adoption in Rhode Island or an adult who was adopted in Rhode Island, you may seek contact information about the other party. If both parties have consented, they will be notified of the match. After this notification but prior to the release of any information the Rhode Island Law requires that the adult adopted participate in at least one hour of counseling to assist in addressing the issues that may arise in the reunion situation.
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