In August, our Casual Fridays benefitted Adoption RI. We raised $100 and the company matched it for a total donation of $200.
Our staff member Christina DeRita suggested the cause as her cousin Alex DeRita works for Adoption RI. Both understand how vital the work is for Rhode Island’s children and anxious and hopeful prospective parents.
Adoption Rhode Island works with adopted and foster children as well as vulnerable youth. They offer a safe environment and compassionate services, advocate for improved legislation, and educate the public.
Adoption Rhode Island began in 1981 as a branch office of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange. By 1997, they had made a significant impact in the state when they advocated for the Adoption Rhode Island Families Act and other legislation.
This led to Adoption Rhode Island providing assistance for families through the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, & Families. As a result, the non-profit also saw a dramatic increase in the number of children in need of permanent families.
Adoption Rhode Island currently serves between 150 and 200 children in need of family recruitment. They also work with between 25 and 30 youth through an empowerment program and educate and support hundreds more. Their services continually evolve to meet the needs of the children and families.
The organization also provides training and support for students and volunteers, so they have the solid experience they need when they enter the field.
Adoption Rhode Island has also been a partner with WJAR NBC 10 for over 10 years. The award-winning segment “Tuesday’s Child,” airs during the 12pm and 5pm news and features a waiting child or an adoption-related story.
As a result of these news segments, many potential Rhode Island parents and other interested parties reach out to Adoption Rhode Island for more information. Tuesday’s Child has a success rate of approximately 60%, matching featured children with a permanent family following the segments.
Adoption Rhode Island continues to partner with Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. As a private, non-profit agency dedicated to the well-being of children, they’ve become the go-to resource for adoption and permanency for children in state foster care.
Unfortunately, public contracts do not provide the funding needed to help the most vulnerable children in Rhode Island. Consequently, Adoption Rhode Island always welcomes donations to close the gap between government funding and the needs of children and families.
You can help through a one-time or recurring donation, or in other ways. These include a car donation program where the proceeds directly benefits children in foster care in RI. This program ensures the unwanted vehicle is off your property quickly and you’ll receive a receipt for your donation.
Alternatively, they host many fundraising events throughout the year and participation is vital to this worthwhile organization’s ongoing efforts. Check upcoming events through the link above.