Adoption Rhode Island (Providence, RI)


  • Name:Katheryn Tavares
  • Title:Coordinator, Community Engagement and Fund Development


  • Organization Name:Adoption Rhode Island
  • Address:2 Bradford Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    United States

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  • Main phone:401-865-6000
  • Main fax:401-865-6001

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  • Mission:
  • Adoption Rhode Island's mission is to facilitate, promote and support the permanent placement of children waiting for adoption and to improve the well-being of foster and adopted children and their families. We provide services to children and families, educate and advocate for a child's right to a safe environment and increase public awareness of the unmet needs of children and families impacted by the foster care and adoption.

    With our programs and partnerships, we are promoting well-being in children's lives.
    With our core services we are building families.
    With our support services we are nurturing children and families.
    With our education and advocacy, we are strengthening communities.

  • Overview:
  • Adoption Rhode Island is the state's adoption exchange, providing a multitude of services for waiting children to keep them hopeful, empower them to believe in themselves and help find the forever family they deserve. Founded 31 years ago, Adoption Rhode Island provides recruitment and matching services such as record mining, family search, featuring youth in media such as Tuesday's Child segments on WJAR NBC10 or in specialized publications, and coordinating permanency planning with the Department of Children Youth and Families and RI Family Court. In addition, children receive individual and family counseling as needed pre- and post-adoption. Parents can participate in educational support groups and youth participate in enrichment and therapeutic programs such as Groovy Girls, Healing Arts, and summer camp.

  • History:
  • Adoption Rhode Island, formerly known as the Ocean State Adoption Resource Exchange (OSARE) was established on July 1, 1981 as a branch office of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) to meet the growing needs of the Rhode Island adoption community. Elizabeth Crum served as Executive Director and at that time there were two staff members - a director and a secretary. In the first 3 months, over 30 children were identified as needing recruitment and matching services from the newly formed organization. Early on, relationships were developed with local television, newspapers, and radio media to help the organization in its recruitment efforts. In December of 1983, OSARE was incorporated by the state of Rhode Island.

    In 1984, OSARE named Lisa Funaro as its new Executive Director and the first National Adoption Month events to raise public awareness and the first adoption party were held that year. In 1985, OSARE joined with the Rhode Island Family Court, the Urban League and other community organizations to organize the state's first conference on permanency planning for black children and their families. In 1989, OSARE welcomed a new Executive Director, Jeff Katz and the organization found families for 38 of the 47 children in need of families.

    Our fruitful collaboration with WJAR NBC10 on Tuesday's Child began in 1990. The first statewide adoption conference was held in 1992 and the following year the first annual Tuesday's Child/Paul Arpin Van Lines Golf Tournament was held. This event continues to this day. OSARE, Hasbro and Governor Almond initiated Families First in 1996, a unique public/private partnership between government, judiciary, business, human services and private philanthropy committed to permanency for children in state care.

    In 1997, OSARE was officially renamed Adoption Rhode Island. In the following year, the agency developed a website, started offering parent outreach and support services and expanded its office space. The agency participated in national efforts to reform child welfare practice and improve the lives of children in foster care. Adoption Rhode Island was instrumental in helping the pass the Adoption Safe Families Act and other legislation. As a result of the new state and federal legislation, the agency received a dramatic increase in the number of referrals of children in need of permanent families, up to 115. In 1999, Darlene Allen joined the organization as Executive Director and the agency found permanent families for 55 of the 112 children registered that year.

    In 2000, the agency formed the Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC), which brought together state and private agencies that served children and families linked by adoption. The group met monthly to share information, advocate for policy and practice changes, and collaborate with programs and initiatives that improve the lives of waiting children and adoptive families. That same year, Adoption Rhode Island developed specialized/intensive recruitment services for children who are traditionally "harder to place." That year, we received the Harry Kazarian award for commitment to children. Between 2001 and 2002, Adoption Rhode Island developed additional services for waiting children and adoptive families. A social worker was hired to help develop the Child and Family Support Program.

    In it's first year, the Child and Family Support Program served 12 children and families through individual, group, and family support. We also established the Hope for Children program, to give children who have experienced foster care and/or adoption hope and help them realize that success is possible. Executive Director Darlene Allen was a recipient of the congressional Angels in Adoption Award. Adoption Rhode Island collaborated with Big Kids for Little Kids to send sibling separated in foster care to camp together. Adoption Rhode Island opened our Child and Family Support Center in March 2003. This center provides a warm and inviting space for group meetings and recruitment activities. It also houses an expanded library of resources for children and families touched by adoption, and professionals in the field.

    In 2009, Adoption Rhode Island moved to our current location at Two Bradford Street in Providence. Since then, our staff has grown significantly, as have our recruitment and matching programs as well our support program and services. Our partnerships with the community have grown in proportion to the evolving and expanding needs of the population we serve.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:21


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:22-2543833

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:222543833
  • Organization Name:ADOPTION RHODE ISLAND
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:2 BRADFORD ST
  • Organization City:PROVIDENCE
  • Organization State:RI
  • Organization Zip:02903-1092
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1985
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):569
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Referral service (social agencies)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P31Z
  • Asset Amount:$582,490
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,784,855
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,725,770
  • Last Updated:11/18/2017 9:24:18 am

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