Federal and Rhode Island Organizations

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)

It is the mission of DCYF to assist families with their primary responsibility to raise their children to become productive members of society. We recognize our obligations to promote, safeguard and protect the overall well-being of culturally diverse children, youth and families and the communities in which they live through a partnership with families, communities and government.

Children's Friend and Service

At Children’s Friend we believe in the potential of all children.

Our mission is to promote the well being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children by providing flexible, effective, and culturally relevant services that support and strengthen families and communities.

A non-profit organization founded in 1834, Children’s Friend is a leading provider of child welfare, family support, mental health, and youth development services.

We believe that providing comprehensive and effective services to vulnerable young children is not only a moral obligation, but also a prudent financial investment for society to make.

Casey Family Services

Helping children, families, and communities grow stronger together.

Casey Family Services is the direct service agency of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Casey helps children thrive in safe, nurturing, and strong families.

Since its founding, Casey Family Services has evolved to provide comprehensive services that support safe, stable, and lifelong family relationships for children and youth both in foster care and in the struggling communities in which it works.

Red Thread Adoption Services

A Red Thread Adoption Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to provide adoption services.

Red Thread Adoption Services provides:

  • Counseling to help you sort out the questions and find answers.
  • Home study services for those seeking domestic or international adoption.
  • Information and referral services pertaining to adoption option; and post placement services to help new adoptive families get off to a good start.

Adoption Rhode Island

Adoption Rhode Island is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to finding families for children in state care and supporting those children and families throughout the adoption process. We also provide child, youth and family support services, education, training, advocacy, and referrals. We are proud to have found adoptive families for more than 1000 children, over the years, but there are hundreds of others in Rhode Island at any given time who need forever families.

Adoption Rhode Island's Mission is to facilitate the permanent placement of children waiting in state care and promote adoption as a positive way to create a family. We provide pre and post adoption services to families, advocate for public policy to promote a child's right to a safe environment and a permanent family, and increase public awareness of the unmet needs of these children.

The Rhode Island Foster Parents Association (RIFPA)

The mission of the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association is to provide education and other forms of support to families that provide substitute care, and to the community at large, in order to further the cause of children who cannot live with their parents.

As a resource for foster families, the RIFPA emphasizes the importance of learning from experience and using new found knowledge to improve current practice.

Resources for Same Sex Adopting Couples

COLAGE - Equality & justice for people with lesbian, gay,
bisexual or trans-gender parents & our families

COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.

ACLU - Gay and lesbian rights project of American Civil Liberties Union

Gay and Lesbian Rights Project of American Civil Liberties Union fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.

GLAD - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

Lambda Legal - Litigation, education and public policy group

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans-gender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

NCLR - the National Center for Lesbian Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

Includes great resources on family law including adoptions.

NGLTF - the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) community. NGLTF trains activists, equips state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and builds the organizational capacity of the movement. NGLTF Policy Institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, NGLTF works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

Causes in Common

Causes in Common is an organizing initiative of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City, bringing together activists in the LGBT Liberation and Reproductive Justice Movements to work toward shared goals.

Family Equality Council

The Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

HRC - Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender equal rights

HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

Our World Too - The ultimate lesbian & gay parenting resource

Helping gay parents and their children cope with the issues that surround them at work, in schools, and in the community.

Freedom to Marry Coalition - gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide.

Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement. Freedom to Marry brings the work of its partner organizations and their many approaches — litigation, legislation, direct action, and public education — into a larger whole, a shared civil rights campaign that fosters heightened outreach to non-gay allies.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association - Includes resources for medical referrals

GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.

GLBT World - Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender resources

This site dedicated to serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Communities with information, articles, chat rooms, advice columns, a legally recognized Commitment Registry and more.

National Black Justice Coalition

The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gender people. Our mission is to end racism and homophobia.


SoulForce is determined to help end oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; determined to help change the minds and hearts of religious and political leaders whose words and influence lead (directly and indirectly) to that oppression; and determined to be guided in our every action by the principles of relentless nonviolent resistance as lived and taught by M.K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.