Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Providence

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Providence, Rhode Island

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near Providence, Rhode Island or in the Providence County region.  If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Providence County region of Rhode Island and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for hopeful adoptive parents or expectant mothers and throughout the state of Rhode Island may be found on our Rhode Island state page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Providence

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options. Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not prescribe contraceptives.  Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Providence County region that are in or close to Providence are:

Harmony Women’s Care Center
Mother of Life Center
Planned Parenthood Providence Health Center

Affordable Prenatal Care in Providence

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Providence, Rhode Island that provide affordable prenatal care for Providence County residents are:

Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic
Providence Community Health Centers (multiple locations)

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in Rhode Island to women with limited financial resources may be found at Rite Care.

Hospitals in Providence, Rhode Island

Developing a hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of the baby’s birth. The hospital with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Providence, Rhode Island region is:

Women & Infants Hospital

Completing the Home Study in Providence

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment.  The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Providence, Rhode Island or the Providence County region:

Adoption Options (program of JFS)
Adoption Options is the nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption program of Jewish Collaborative Services. Licensed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Adoption Options has offices in Providence and Attleboro.

 Alliance for Children
Alliance for Children has a thriving home study and post-placement program. It is designed for families who live in a state where we are licensed to conduct home studies and their placement agency is not. We are proud of the partnerships and relationships we have built with other agencies and work well with them to help make your adoption goals become a reality.

Become a Foster Parent in Providence

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Providence, or the Providence County region of Rhode Island you must meet similar requirements to that of the home study required for adoptive parents.

More information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in Rhode Island is available on our Rhode Island state page. In addition to the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in Providence, Rhode Island, and the greater Providence County region:

Adoption Rhode Island
Alliance Human Services
Child & Family

Court Information

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in Rhode Island, check out our Adoption Laws by State page.  Information about how the adoption process is conducted in Providence and all of Providence County, Rhode Island is provided on the website for the Family Court.

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