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Rhode Island Adoption Laws

Adopting a child can be a complex process. The adoption process, including rules for who may adopt, is governed by state laws. Read on to learn more about Rhode Island adoption law, including who may be adopted, who may adopt them, and other important statutory requirements for adopting a child in the state of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Adoption Laws at a Glance

The following table lists additional details of adoption laws in Rhode Island. See FindLaw's Adoption section for more articles and resources.

Code Section § 15-7-2, et seq. of the Rhode Island General Laws
Who May Be Adopted Any person
Age that Child's Consent Needed 14 years and older
Who May Adopt Any person residing in the state may adopt any person younger than himself. If the petitioner is married, the spouse must join; however, the requirement may be waived if it can be shown adoption would be in the child's best interest. Nonresidents may petition under certain circumstances.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption? 6 months, but the court may waive for good cause
  State Agency/Court Child Welfare Services Dept. for Children and their Families/Family (adults-Probate)
Statute of Limitations to Challenge 180 days

Note: State laws may change at any time through the decisions of higher courts, the enactment of new legislation, and other means. You may want to contact a Rhode Island adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Legal Help With an Adoption

Adoption can be a complicated process. There are many state and federal laws that govern adoption. An attorney will help you navigate these laws. They will help review your case, provide helpful legal advice, and advocate for you and your future child.

If you would like legal assistance with an adoption case, you can find an experienced Rhode Island adoption attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.

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