New York Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in New York State

There is no “typical” adoptive or foster family in NY. Adoptive parents are required to be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. Either married or single parents as well as both homeowners and renters are welcome to apply. All prospective adoptive families are also required by the public and most private adoption agencies to be dually certified and approved as foster families.

The whole process may take six months or more from the time you apply, and after the child is placed in your home, it will take at least three to 12 months before the adoption is finalized in court. The adoption process in New York State includes the following basic tasks:

  • Choosing an adoption agency (there are 58 adoption units in each social services district and more than 70 authorized private agencies).
  • Submitting an application (the application seeks information on the applicant’s background, family composition, as well as a criminal history check is required for a prospective adoptive parent or any other person over the age of 18 who is currently residing in the home).
  • Completing the homestudy process.
  • Attending agency-sponsored training for adoptive families.
  • Working with a caseworker to find an appropriate match.
  • Visiting with the child (visitation can last for a period of weeks or months before the child moves in with the adoptive family).
  • Working with a caseworker to apply for subsidy available for children who are handicapped or hard to place regardless of the adoptive parents’ income.
  • Bringing your child home.
  • Completing at least three months of supervision unless the adoptive parent is seeking to adopt a foster child for whom he or she has already been providing care.
  • Completing the adoption in court.
  • Contacting the agency for post-adoption services, as needed (services may include family and individual counseling, social and support groups, or referral services.)

Adoption Attorneys in New York

Robin Fleischner, Attorney at Law

Adoption Attorney Brooklyn

Jeanine Castagna Adoption Attorney

Greenberg & Greenberg

The Mandel Law Firm

Foster Care in NY State

Foster homes are “certified” (non-relative homes) or “approved” (relatives) according to the same standards, which require each foster parent to:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be in good physical and mental health and free from communicable diseases (physical handicaps or illness of foster parents or members of their household must be in consideration only as they affect the ability to provide adequate care to foster children or may affect an individual child’s adjustment to the foster family)
  • be permitted to work outside the home when there are suitable plans for the care and supervision of the child at all times, including after school and during the summer (unless only one of the two foster parents is working outside the home)
  • provide the agency with the names of three persons who may be contacted for references
  • be able and motivated to become a foster parent

Foster parents are certified/approved when the home study, the SCR clearance, and the criminal history record review process, including fingerprinting are completed.

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

Abbott House

Abbott House is a community-based human services agency with programs throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City serving foster children, children awaiting family reunification, youth with mental health issues, and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Abbott House works with families and youth to find adoptive homes in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess and Orange counties. In the duration of the adoption process, Abbott House provides support and psycho-educational services to all families. Legal services are provided free of charge for those interested in the adoption process.

Abbott House also provides Community-Based Foster Care via Foster Boarding Homes andTherapeutic Foster Boarding Homes. Foster Parent Support services include monthly support groups and training sessions with relevant topics and guest speakers.

100 North Broadway
Irvington, New York 10533
Phone: (914) 591-7300

Adoption STAR

Adoption STAR is a New York State authorized not-for-profit adoption agency that works with prospective parents and birth parents in all cities in New York State, including but not limited to Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Binghamton, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, New York City, etc.

Adoption STAR provides prospective adoptive parents with:

  • Domestic adoption and international adoption programs
  • Adoption support and education pre-and-post placement
  • Home studies
  • A personal Adoption Family Advocate
  • Adoption support

131 John Muir Drive
Amherst, New York 14228
Phone: (716) 639-3900

Alliance For Children

Alliance For Children is a full-service, private, Hague-Accredited, nonprofit adoption agency licensed to conduct home studies for people living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas, to place children born domestically and internationally with adoptive families throughout the US, and provide counseling services to birth parents nationwide.

58 West 58th Street, Suite 7-B
New York, New York 10019
Phone: (212) 751-4095

America World Adoption -New York

America World Adoption is an International Christian adoption agency licensed and Hague/COA accredited in 24 states. Each of AWAA affiliate offices is fully licensed in its respective state to provide adoption home study services (including post adoption services) to families adopting through America World.

AWAA-NY is licensed and Hague/COA accredited in the state of New York to provide home study services and post adoption services for America World Adoption families.

221 Elm Drive E
Levittown, New York 11756
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 166

Baker Victory Services (BVS)

BVS is a non-profit charitable organization located in Lackawanna, N.Y., which provides a wide range of services to children, youth, and families in need.  BVS provides training and 24-hour caseworker support for foster families and can provide special services and financial support to meet the needs of children in foster care.

780 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, New York 14218
Phone: (716) 828-9500
(888) 287-1160

Berkshire Farms Center & Family Services for Youth

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth is one of New York State’s leading nonprofit child welfare agencies providing community, home, and school based programs and services that include foster care, group homes, family preservation and reunification, truancy and crisis prevention, and counseling (individual, group, family).

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth recruits, trains and supports foster parents throughout New York State, from Buffalo to Albany, Plattsburgh to Long Island.

13640 State Route 22
Canaan, New York 12029
Phone: (518) 781-4567

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Bethany is a  full-service agency that is fully accredited.

The agency’s goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Bethany Christian Services help families to be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

The agency provides Infant Adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care Adoption services, and Post Adoption Support.

410 Troy-Schenectady Road
Suite 202
Latham, New York 12110
Phone: (518) 782-7800

321 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 288-6760

1115 Broadway, 10th Floor
Suite 1028
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 714-3550

Buffalo Urban League, Inc.

The  Buffalo Urban League Foster Care and Adoption programs are committed to enhancing the quality of life for children by placing them with families through foster care or adoption.

Program Services/Activities:

  • Recruitment Services
  • Home-studies/Evaluations for families recruited. This process includes counseling, training, advocacy and support
  • Pre/Post Placement Services such as assisting families in identifying and matching them with children; pre-placement counseling for child and family; intensive support services for families at placement and during placement
  • Services to children including counseling, support groups, medical services, advocacy with ecological systems (schools, service agencies, recreation, etc.)
  • Services to Birth Parents including separation and loss issues resolutions, counseling, support groups
  • Post Adoption Services

15 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 250-2400

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services (CMCS)

CMCS is a not-for-profit, social service agency that provides services to children in their foster care programs, preschool education to three and four year-olds from low income families, and helping developmentally disabled adults lead more fulfilling and independent lives.

CMCS Family Foster Care Program provides temporary homes with trained and certified foster parents to children whose families are unable to care for them. CMCS Treatment Family Foster Care Program addresses the needs of New York City’s “hardest to place” children, ages 3 through age 21, who require more intensive services.

CMCS adoption unit social workers are dedicated to finding loving and stable permanent homes for those children who can’t remain with or be returned to their birth parents.

115 East Stevens Avenue
Valhalla, New York 10595
Phone: (914) 997-8000

Catholic Charities of Broome County

Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse (Catholic Charities of Broome County) is dedicated to caring for those in need while promoting human development, collaboration, and the elimination of poverty and injustice.

Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Program (PPA) of Catholic Charities of Broome County provides professional counseling and planning for single expectant parents and their families, counseling case management, individual prenatal and parenting instruction, infant care, education on human sexuality and childbirth. The PPA Program also provides all aspects of adoption services including: domestic and international home studies, placement supervision, preparation for legal adoption, and post placement services.

232 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: (607) 729-9166

Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is a comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, reaching all eight counties with professionally staffed locations. Catholic Charities provides foster care for children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups in Erie County who cannot safely live in their own homes.

Catholic Charities also offers parent training, home studies, placement and supervision until adoption is finalized.

741 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-218-1400

Catholic Charities of Ogdensburg

Catholic Charities is dedicated to responding to the needs of the most vulnerable members of the communities by empowering people through direct aid, counseling, community programs, outreach and advocacy.

Adoption services provided by Catholic Charities include:

  • Casework and/or counseling with birth parents
  • Domestic and international home studies
  • Post-placement visits and reports
  • Preparation of paperwork for adoption finalization court proceedings
  • Researches for non-identifying information

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program strives to enable low- income persons aged 55 and over to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services. The seniors provide support to children/youth who need extra attention and encouragement in daycare, school, headstart, and other settings and in their turn they are provided with:

  • A small stipend payment
  • Sick, vacation, and personal time
  • Community involvement
  • Senior/Child relationship
  • Insurance to, from and during work hours

Wadhams Hall
6866 State Highway 37
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-2660

716 Caroline Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-2660

43 Durkee Street Suite 300B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 561-0470

57 Rennie Street
Malone, NY 12953
Phone: (518) 483-1460

145 Clinton Street
Watertown, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 788-4330

Catholic Guardian Services (CGS)

CGS offers a comprehensive array of social services, responsive to the needs of society and those most in need: children who have suffered physical and emotional abuse; young mothers with infants who are homeless; people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, often additionally challenged by blindness, deafness, and physical frailties; and young mothers seeking assistance as they bring new life into the world.

CGS  Child Welfare Services include but are not limited to Foster Boarding Home Services:

  • Regular Foster Care and Adoptive Services
  • Foster Family Care for Children with Special and Exceptional Needs
  • Foster Family Care for Teens
  • Specialized Foster Care for Children with HIV/AIDS
  • Specialized Foster Care for Children with Special Medical Conditions
  • Therapeutic Foster Care for Mentally Ill Youth

1011 First Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10022
Phone: (212) 371-1000

Child and Family Services

Child and Family Services is one of Western New York’s oldest human service agencies and one of the largest private, not-for-profit family service agencies in the country.

The goal of Child & Family Services’ Foster Care program is to strengthen families by helping parents develop the skills they need to provide a safe and stable environment for their children.

Child & Family Services’ Adoption program matches children with loving, committed families who will provide permanency to the child through adoption.

330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone:(716) 842-2750

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (Coalition) 

Coalition is a not-for-profit community-based comprehensive family service agency located in New York City.

Creando Raices Familiares/Creating Family Roots Foster Care & Adoption Program of Coalition Offers bilingual (English/Spanish) services in community based foster care, adoption, home finding, independent living for teens, and such ancillary services as housing advocacy, education and training for youth, birth parents, and resource parents.

Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) program offers community based placements for seriously emotionally disturbed children who have also been abused and neglected and are known to the child welfare system. The program also works closely with birth parents to facilitate reunification.

315 Wyckoff Ave
4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: (718) 497-6090

Community Maternity Services

Community Maternity Services is an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, committed to providing a continuum of services for children, families and pregnant and parenting adolescents regardless of income, age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, lifestyle or religious belief.

CMS provides adoption services assisting birth parents in making an adoption plan for their child, adoptive parents in expanding their families through adoption and adult adoptees and their birth parents seeking assistance with adoption search.

CMS also provides the following services to foster parents:

  • Certification process
  • On-going training
  • Continuous Support – 24 hour on-call staff, 7 days a week
  • Generous stipend

27 North Main Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: (518) 482-8836

Downey Side

Downey Side  is a full service adoption agency which provides the prospective adoptive parent with an array of services throughout the entire adoption process.

The agency offers services, including but not limited to:

  • Exploring Adoption* family preparation seminar offered primarily by S.T.A.R.S., MAPP, and/or Pride certified staff
  • Certified homestudy for prospective adoptive parents
  • Family support groups both pre-placement and post placement

C/O Saint John The Baptist Church
210 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-714-2200

Edwin Gould’s Community of Care

Edwin Gould’s Community of Care has addressed the complex and often overwhelming issues that confront society for over 75 years. Their cornerstone foster care and adoption services are joined by community-based preventive services designed to assist at-risk families; programming focused on the prevention of domestic violence, intervention to assist victims of such violence, and advocacy toward policy change; criminal justice services; school-based programs; health and mental health services; vocational, and economic empowerment programming; and group living environments for developmentally disabled adults who wish to live independently.

Edwin Gould’s Community of Care provides community-based foster care services to thirteen community districts in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

151 Lawrence Street, 5th Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 212-437-3500

412-424 East 147th St.
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-732-7400

413 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 646-315-7600

20 New York Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: 347-464-7140

45 South Street, Suite 1B
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: 347-536-3020


Family Connections, Inc.

Family Connections, Inc., is a not-for-profit, New York State authorized private adoption agency dedicated to supporting birth parents, adoptive parents, and children touched by adoption throughout the life-long journey of adoption. Family Connections, Inc. is also authorized by the New York Office of Children & Family Services and Hague Accredited by the Council on Accreditation and provides:

  • Pre-adoption education and counseling for families thinking about adoption
  • Preparatory and home study investigation services for domestic adoption
  • Home study investigation services for international adoption
  • Assistance with dossier preparation for international adoption
  • Primary Provider services for families adopting from Pakistan
  • Post-adoption placement support and supervision services for domestic and international adoption
  • Domestic infant placement services
  • Adoption counseling, education and training
  • Consultation services for childhood professionals (e.g. teachers, medical providers)

P.O. Box 5555
156 Port Watson St.
Cortland New York 13045
Phone:  (800) 535-5556
(607) 756-6574

Family Focus Adoption Services

Family Focus is an accredited non-profit agency located in Eastern Queens, New York, with satellite offices in Albany and Newburgh, also approved in New Jersey and Connecticut.  Family Focus licenses families from the Capital District through Metropolitan New York City and Long Island to be able to adopt from the foster care system, and places children from all over the United States.

Programs include:

  • Adoption from the Foster Care System
  • RAD! Relationships Are Decisions Program
  • Family Services Program that offers homestudies for families who wish to adopt a newborn
  • International Services that provide home study and post-placement/post-adoption services for families seeking to adopt internationally, whether an orphan or a family member
  • Domestic Services
  • Child Welfare Training Program that provides training in their adoption philosophies and models for adoption practice to other agencies, parent organizations, and social service departments around the US and Canada.

54-40 Little Neck Parkway, Suite 4
Little Neck, NY 11362
Phone: (718) 224-1919
(866) 855-1919

Family Services of Westchester

Family Services of Westchester is a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian agency located in Westchester County, New York. Family Services provides a full range of services for all members of the adoption triad—birthparents, adoptive parents, and the child.

Services include: counseling potential birthparents about all their options, conducting homestudies for adoptive parents in all three of their adoption programs, providing adoption education for parents in process, and providing post-placement services and referrals to community resources to ensure the best possible outcome for children and families.

The Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program offers loving, stable homes to children who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their birth parents or family members at this time. Foster parents are provided with:

  • Specialized parent skills training
  • 24-hour support from professional program staff
  • Weekly in-home support from program staff
  • Biweekly group support sessions
  • Respite services
  • Monetary compensation (Tax Free)

One Gateway Plaza, 4th fl
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: 914-937-2320

Forestdale, Inc.

Forestdale is a family services organization with central programs, including Foster Care, Preventive Services, Fathering Initiative, and Passport To Parenting. Forestdale’s Foster Care & Adoption services provide safe and nurturing homes to help more than 700 youth ages 0-21 achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.

67-35 112th Street
Forest Hills, New York 11375
Phone: (718) 263-0740

Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc.

FFTA is a New York and Connecticut licensed, not-for-profit, adoption placement agency and resource center located in the Rye Brook/Port Chester area of Westchester County. FFTA assists adoptive parents with:

  • Domestic Adoptions
  • International Adoptions
  • Outgoing International Adoptions
  • The Incoming Adoption
  • Foster Care and/or Adoption of Older Children
  • Home Study Services

62 Bowman Avenue
Rye Brook, New York 10573
Phone: (914) 939-1180

Gateway Longview

Gateway Longview assists children and families from across Western New York with behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a non-profit agency Gateway-Longview offers comprehensive foster care, therapeutic foster care, respite care, and adoption services in Buffalo, NY, as well as throughout Erie County and WNY.

10 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, New York 14201-1339
Phone: (716) 783-3100

Graham Windham

In full partnership with families and communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Services include family foster care, adoption, foster care prevention through family strengthening, mental and behavioral health services, education, afterschool, out-of-school time, and youth development.

33 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212.529.6445


HeartShare is a community-based organization providing a wide range of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, families in crisis, and people with HIV/AIDS. HeartShare also offers diverse services for children and families,  including Foster Care and Adoption Services and Foster Care Prevention, Counseling and Advocacy Services.

12 MetroTech Center
29th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201-4306
Phone: (718) 422-4200

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS) 

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS), an affiliate of HeartShare Human Services of New York and formerly St. Vincent’s Services, is a nonprofit agency that provides family and residential foster care, prevention services, adoption, mental health and medical services to children, youth, and families.

66 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Phone: 718.522.3700

Hillside Family of Agencies

Hillside is a full service, New York State Authorized and Hague Accredited adoption program, offering Domestic and International adoptions, Home Study and Waiting child adoptions and providing guidance and support during every step of the adoption process.

2075 Scottsville Rd
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585.256.7500
(888) 514-4455

Hudson Valley Adoption Services

Hudson Valley Adoption Services is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, licensed and NYS approved adoption agency based in Kingston, New York.  The agency serves people creating new family relationships through adoption, providing all legal and social services every step of the way.

The adoption services include Adoption Home Studies and specialized adoptive parent training for domestic and international adoption, and through birth parent choice HVAS child adoption services places newborn or very young children throughout the United States.

275 Fair Street, Suite 23
Kingston, New York 12401
Phone: (845) 338-0700

Jewish Family Service of Rochester

JFS is an authorized New York State and Hague Accredited adoption agency,  having status as a fully accredited international adoption service provider that strives to find homes for children building families through domestic, international or foster care adoptions.  JFS provides regular adoption information meetings on all aspects of adoption (domestic, international, private and adoption of waiting children), conducts pre-placement home studies for prospective adoptive parents, completes Court ordered investigations for three types of adoptions – step-family, kinship and co-parent adoptions, as well as for refinalizations. After placement, JFS conducts all necessary post-placement visits and prepares reports according to the requirements of the placing entities and the State.

441 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607
Phone: (585) 461-0110

Leake and Watts Services, Inc.

Leake and Watts Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Middle States Association and the Better Business Bureau. As a not-for-profit agency Leake and Watts is committed to assisting individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services.

Leake and Watts Foster Care Programs provide safe and nurturing homes to over 400 vulnerable children and teens in the Bronx, as well as in other New York City boroughs, Westchester County and upstate New York. The  services include Family Foster Care and Treatment Foster Care Oregon Programs.

463 Hawthorne Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10705
Phone: (914) 375-8700

1529-35 Williamsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: 718.794.8200


Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York is a not-for-profit charity serving children, families and developmentally disabled adults across New York City and Long Island.  The agency provides foster boarding home care, residential treatment care and where appropriate, adoption.

Little Flower Children and Family Services strives to meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of specialized programs:

The Specialized Residential Treatment Program in Wading River responds to the special needs of youngsters with medical and behavioral difficulties.
Mother/Baby Foster Care is designed to keep teenage mothers and their children together in stable, supportive, foster home environments, while guiding them toward self-reliance and becoming contributing members of their communities.
Preparing Youth for Adulthood allows youth to participate in workshops designed to prepare them for life skills including higher education, vocational skill development, employment, positive relationship building, and household management.

186 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, New York 11201-4326
Phone: 718-875-3500

89-12 162nd St
Jamaica, New York 11432
Phone: 718-526-9150 –

2450 North Wading River Rd
Wading River, New York 11792-1402
Phone: 631-929-6200

Lutheran Service Society of New York (LSS of NY)

LSS of NY is a full service adoption agency offering support, education and services to children, families and birth parents. LSS  provides  counseling and placement services for birth parents who decide to  make an adoption plan for their child. For families looking to adopt, LSS offers home study, education, post-placement, and support services.

LSS of NY is also a Hague accredited Primary Provider, working with the country of Poland to place orphaned children with approved US families. LSS of NY is also encouraging  the adoption of older children and children with Down Syndrome.

6680 Main Street
Williamsville, New York 14231-1963
Phone: (716) 631-9212

Lutheran Social Services of New York

In addition to caring for children, Lutheran Social Services of New York enables individuals to reach their full potential through its LIFE (Lutheran Initiatives for Enrichment) service programs.

Lutheran Social Services of New York offers Child and Family Services that include:
Family LIFE – Intervention and preventive services, foster care placement when needed, a medical clinic for children and families in foster care, and supportive housing for single mothers with children.
New LIFE Adoption – home studies for adoptive families for both domestic and international adoptions.

Lutheran Social Services of New York works in cooperation with the Ministry for Children and Family Affairs in Latvia to find families for children living in Latvian orphanages.

475 Riverside Drive
Suite 1244
New York, New York 10115
Phone: (212) 870-1100


MercyFirst, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is one of New York’s leading not-for-profit human service agencies licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Families and the New York State Office of Mental Health and accredited by the national Council on Accreditation.

MercyFirst offers the Family Permanency program that provides:

• Family Foster Care and Adoption Services
• Kinship Foster Care
• Treatment Family Foster Care
• Adoption

525 Convent Road
Syosset, New York 11791
Phone: 516.921.0808

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC)

NAC strives to provide innovative high quality services in support of birth, foster, and adoptive families caring primarily for medically fragile children.  NAC was the first child welfare agency in New York State to serve children in family-based care who have dual diagnoses – special medical needs in combination with serious behavioral/mental health needs. As a Special Medical Foster Care Program, NAC finds and supports nurturing and committed foster and adoptive homes exclusively for children with severe disabilities and chronic illnesses who cannot remain safely in their birth home, or have no home to which to go.

NAC’s Post Legal Adoption Network (PLAN) is a nationally recognized program that trains, assists and strengthens the capacity of families who have adopted one or more children with special medical needs.  Through parent support and education groups, case management services, referral and advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling, PLAN helps to support and improve the well-being and functioning of adoptive families. Children receive services that help them cope with the dual issues of disabilities and adoption, including family, group and individual counseling and medical and mental health services.

37 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10010
Phone: (212) 696-1550

New Beginnings Family and Children’s Services, Inc.

New Beginnings is a  not-for-profit organization and  a Hague Accredited Agency. From the beginning of the adoption process through the post-legalization adoption stage, New Beginnings provides comprehensive adoption services required for a successful adoptive placements. The programs include Korea Adoption, China adoption, Korean Heritage adoption, Thai adoption, Colombia adoption and home study services.

87 Mineola Blvd
Mineola, New York 11501
Phone: (516) 747-2204

New Directions

New Directions is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency providing therapeutic and traditional foster care services for children throughout Western New York. They recruit, screen, train, and certify caring couples and individuals to serve as foster parents for children with special needs and those needing a stable home environment.

Snyder Square North, 4511 Harlem Rd., Suite 200
Amherst, New York 14226
Phone: (716) 834-9413

New Hope Family Services, Inc. 

New Hope Family Services, Inc. is a private, voluntary, not-for-profit corporation authorized by the New York State Department of Social Services to provide adoption, foster care, and related counseling services. Located in Syracuse, the Agency provides adoption services throughout New York State.

3519 James Street
Syracuse, New York 13206
Phone: (315) 437-8300

OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services

OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is a 501 (c )(3) social service agency that meets the diverse and growing social service needs of the community. The OHEL Milton Schulman Foster Care Program provides the foster child and foster parents from birth to age 21 with a range of continual support services, including Case Management, Educational Services, Psychological Services, Medical Care, and Homefinding.

4510 16th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11204
Phone: (718) 851-6300
(888) 311-OHEL

Open Seas Adoption Services, Inc.

Open Seas Adoption Services, Inc. is a private, New York State-authorized, Hague accredited, not-for-profit, international adoption agency. As an Exempt Provider the Agency’s international services include adoption preparation and training, home study preparation, and post-adoption services, including on-going counseling as needed, and parent support and training.

270 Madison Avenue, Suite 1203
New York, New York 10016
Phone: (212) 685-8515

Parsons Child and Family Center

Parsons is the largest multi-services agency in New York’s Capital Region dedicated to helping families and their children. The agency provides counseling services, parenting education, child abuse/neglect prevention and treatment, family strengthening programs, early childhood family support, special education, youth development programs, and mental health services.

Parsons recruits and prepares applicants to provide foster and adoptive care and assures that applicants meet state regulatory requirements for certification.  Parsons offers foster parents personalized guidance, financial assistance, and a support network of other foster families and child care professionals.

Available services include:

  • Short-term Care
  • Specialized Foster Care
  • Kinship Foster Care
  • Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program
  • Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)

60 Academy Road
Albany, New York 12208
Phone: (518) 426-2600

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families is a 501 (c) 3 private, not-for-profit agency, one of the first organizations in the country to care for abused and abandoned children in foster homes rather than in institutions.

The Agency offers Foster care and adoption programs, including Family Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care, and Adoption.

50 Bay Street,
Staten Island, New York 10301-1827
Phone: 718-447-7740

1668 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11212,
Phone: 718-313-1111


Spence-Chapin Adoption Services to Families and Children

Spence-Chapin Adoption Services to Families and Children is a licensed and accredited non profit organization focusing on finding adoptive homes for children who need families; promoting the understanding of adoption through counseling and public education; and improving adoption’s image and practice.

The staff guides adoptive parents through every step of the adoption process offering:

  • Domestic Adoption
  • International Adoption
  • Special Needs Adoption
  • International Kinship Adoption
  • Home Study Services

Spence-Chapin partners with one of NYC’s largest foster care agencies, Catholic Guardian, to provide comprehensive, evidence-based therapy and case-management for the most complex cases.

410 East 92nd Street
New York, New York 10128-6804
Phone: (212) 400-8150,
(212) 369-0300
(800) 321-5683

Saint Dominic’s Home

Saint Dominic’s Home is a nonprofit Catholic social welfare agency dedicated to meeting the educational, physical, social, emotional, medical, vocational and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all backgrounds who are developmentally disabled, socially disadvantaged and or vocationally challenged.

The Saint Dominic’s Home Family Foster Care Program is a Bronx-based program that provides foster and kinship care to approximately 400 children who have been referred to the agency through the Administration for Children’s Services, as well as approximately 50 additional children in its Treatment Family Foster Care unit. The program also provides Adoption Services as part of its effort to establish permanency for its foster children.

The Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) Program is a family-based alternative to children and youths being placed in institutions who are 7 to 21 years of age.

500 Western Highway
Blauvelt, New York 10913
Phone: (845) 359-3400

The Children’s Aid Society

The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

The Children’s Aid Society annually provides about 550 young people with foster care services, including Family Foster Care, Treatment Family Foster Care, and Medical Foster Care. The Children’s Aid Society is also able to facilitate the adoption of a little more than 90 children each year for the past few years, while continuing to work with about 120 children to help get them ready for adoption.

711 Third Avenue, Suite 700
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 949-4800

Voice for International Development and Adoptions

VIDA is a full-service, international and domestic agency, licensed in New York and New Jersey and working with the US Compact for the Placement of Children and US Immigration and Naturalization Service to place children throughout the United States and the world.

VIDA is Haque accredited for both incoming and outgoing adoptions and has adoption programs with Bulgaria, Japan, the Philippines, Honduras, and provides home studies and full services for families in New York and New Jersey and arranges for these services for Americans outside the USA.

17 Broad Street
Kinderhook, New York 12106
Phone: (518) 828-4527