Adopting a child is one of the very few rewarding experiences in Family Court. It is important to understand your rights and obligations as the adoptive parent are the same as if you were the natural parent. The adoption procedures differ based upon whether it is an adoption petition through Department of Children, Youth and Family (DCYF), an adoption agency, a private party or whether it was through a foster parent relationship or legal guardianship. It is important to understand the process an adoptive parent has to undergo before the court will allow the adoption to occur. Attorney Finkelman can explain the process and rights conferred upon you as an adoptive parent.

Attorney Denise Cassisi Finkelman is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Rhode Island and Connecticut and in the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island. With over a decade of litigation experience, in various areas of practice including Family Law, Probate, Personal Injury, Criminal and Administrative Hearings. Most of her time is dedicated to her practice of Family Law. She has extensive experience in all matters heard in Rhode Island Family Court; more specifically, Divorce and Separation, Custody, Placement & Visitation, Child Support, Department of Children Youth Family Services hearings, Adoptions, Termination of Parental Rights, Modification of Existing Family Court Orders, Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Grandparent’s Rights etc. Additionally, she has represented children as a Guardian Ad Litem in contested Family Court matters.


“She is very knowledgeable about the law and takes a no-nonsense approach to her practice! Highly recommended!!”