Tuesday’s Child: ‘The Village’ helps foster, adoptive families

The Village for Rhode Island Foster and Adoptive Families assists parents by offering everything from clothing and emotional support to a sense of belonging. (WJAR)

Adopting a child can be daunting, but you may not realize that there is plenty of help available.

Thousands of people wake up to the voice of Kim Zandy of Giovanni and Kim on 92 Pro-FM.

But as much as she's loved by her fans, it's nothing compared to the adoration of 3-year-old Julian and 1-1-and-a-half-year-old Ariannah, who she fostered through DCYF and has now adopted as a single mom.

“I always wanted a family. I pictured myself married with kids, but it never happened. Mr. Right never came along and I was tired of waiting for him,” Zandy said.

So, she did her research -- for years, in fact -- and then went to DCYF. After her training, and much to her surprise, she got not one, but two babies, an infant and toddler.

"When the caseworker came to my house, I was so nervous. She went to hand me the baby, who was 3 months old at the time. And I took my coat and kind of threw it and it landed on a candle,” Zandy sad.

But never fear. The Village for Rhode Island Foster and Adoptive Families assists parents by offering everything from clothing and emotional support to a sense of belonging.

Elaine Gabellieri, Kelley Fluette and Maya Colantuono, who founded the organization, are ready and willing to share their knowledge about fostering and adoption.

"(It’s) human nature to want to be connected to others who are living your same life," Colantuono said.

And with that kind safety net, there's no reason not to became a parent, if that's what's in your heart.

"Most foster parents say, ‘I wish I would have done this earlier,’ including me,” Zandy said.

You can get in touch with The Village through Adoption Rhode Island whether you need help or want to volunteer. The number for Adoption Rhode Island is 401-865-6000.

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