Rhode IslandWho Must Consent:
Consent of Adoptee:
- The parents or surviving parent.
- The guardian or next of kin.
- A suitable person appointed by the court as next friend of the child.
- A minor parent must have the consent of one of the child's grandparents, a guardian or guardian ad litem.
A child 14 years or older must consent to the adoption.When Parental Consent is Not Needed:
When Relinquishment Can Be Signed:
- Parental rights have been terminated.
- The parent has neglected or abused the child or subjected the child to aggravated circumstances.
- The parent is deemed unfit due to emotional or mental illness; excessive drug or alcohol abuse.
- Parent has voluntarily or involuntarily placed the child in the care of a licensed agency.
Termination of rights or consent to adoption may not be executed sooner than 15 days after the child's birth.How Relinquishment Must Be Signed:
Consent must be in writing.Time for Revocation:
A decree of adoption or consent cannot be challenged except by a petition filed within 180 days and a finding by the court that the decree is not in the child's best interest.
Glossary of Terms
Legal Considerations in Adoption
Putative Father Registries: What They Are and How To Use Them
Resources for Expectant/Placing ParentsRelinquishment Summaries by State: Index