Adoption Agencies in New Jersey

Adoption Agencies in New Jersey     Adoption Agencies in New Jersey

Adoption Agencies in New Jersey

If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.

If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in New Jersey (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in New Jersey.  We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed New Jersey adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.

New Jersey Child Adoption Laws

Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in New Jersey may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child.  By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of New Jersey child adoption law including such topics as advertising, adoption facilitators, and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).

Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
Use of Advertisement
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 14

No person shall cause to be published in a newspaper or to be broadcast on a radio or television station in the Commonwealth an advertisement or notice for the placement or reception of a child under 16 years of age for adoption unless such advertisement is placed by a licensed or approved placement agency, or with the written approval of the office. Such advertisement or notice shall include the license or registration number issued to the provider or agency pursuant to § 10.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 11(c)

No person shall place or knowingly facilitate the placement of any child in the care or control of any other person not related to such child by blood or marriage, or in the care or control of any organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, for purposes of adoption.

No person unrelated to such child by blood or marriage, and no organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, shall receive such a child for purposes of adoption, except from a licensed or approved placement agency.

Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2


Written consent to the adoption is required from:
The lawful parents, who may be previous adoptive parents
A surviving parent
The mother only, if the child has been born out of wedlock
The child's spouse, if any
If an agency or person receiving a child born out of wedlock for purposes of a subsequent adoption receives from the child's mother an executed consent, and no person has acknowledged paternity of the child or has been adjudicated the father of the child by any court of competent jurisdiction, then the person or agency shall request that the mother voluntarily provide a sworn written statement, executed before a notary and in the presence of two competent witnesses, one of whom shall be selected by the mother, that identifies the child's father and his current or last known address. Any such statement shall be used solely for the purpose of notifying the person named as the father of the status of the child.

Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2


A child who is age 12 or older must consent to the adoption.

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 3


The consent of the persons named above shall not be required if:

The person to be adopted is age 18 or older.
The court finds that the adoption is in the best interests of the child due to parental unfitness.
A finding of unfitness may be based on the following:

The child has been abandoned.
The child or another child has been abused or neglected.
The child has been in out-of-home placement for at least 6 months and the parents have not maintained significant and meaningful contact with the child.
The child is age 4 or older and in the custody of the department for at least 12 of the last 15 months and cannot be returned home.
The child is younger than age 4 and in the custody of the department for at least 6 of the last 12 months and cannot be returned home.
The parent, without excuse, fails to provide proper care or custody for the child.
Because of the lengthy absence of the parent or the parent's inability to meet the needs of the child, the child has formed a strong, positive bond with a substitute caretaker.
The parent has made no effort to remedy conditions that create a risk of harm to the child.
The child or another child has been subjected to severe or repetitive conduct of a physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive or neglectful nature.
The parent has willfully failed to visit and support a child who is not in the custody of the parent.
The parent suffers from a condition, such as alcohol or drug addiction, mental deficiency, or mental illness, that makes the parent unlikely to provide minimally acceptable care of the child.
The parent's conviction of a felony will deprive the child of a stable home for a period of years.
There exists a prior pattern of parental neglect or misconduct or a felony assault that resulted in serious bodily injury to the child and a likelihood of future harm to the child based on such prior pattern or assault.

When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2


Written consent shall be executed no sooner than the 4th day after the birth of the child.

Revocation of Consent
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2


A consent executed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be final and irrevocable from the date of execution.

Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: Ch. 210 § 4A

Notice of adoption proceedings is given to the father who has filed a parental responsibility claim with the Department of Social Services.
Within 30 days of notice concerning the child's adoption, the person claiming paternity must file a petition for adoption or custody of the child with the probate court.

Please visit adoption law in New Jersey for more details.

Are Children Available for Adoption in New Jersey

Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies.  For example, in 2004, New Jersey had 5,934 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 531 were under the age of 1 year, and 2,468 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through New Jersey public child welfare agencies was only 1,328, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all New Jersey adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).

Remember that while you may be a resident of New Jersey, you are not limited to adopting a child from New Jersey.  You can adopt a child born in New Jersey, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child.  What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in New Jersey, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.

Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in New Jersey

Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below).  By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.

Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.

I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.

I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.

I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.

I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.

Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.

Dr. Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services

Adoption Agencies

A Loving Choice Adoption Associates
25 Monroe Avenue
Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702
Phone- 732-224-0924

Adoptions From The Heart: Cherry Hill, NJ
451 Woodland Ave
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: (856) 665-5655

Adoption Resource Center
811 Church Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Fax: (215) 748-1441
Toll-Free: (800) 884-4004

Alliance for Children, Inc.
343 Millburn Avenue
Suite 305
Millburn, NJ 07041
Phone: (732) 752-7148

Bethany Christian Services
445 Godwin Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432
Phone: (201) 444-7775
Fax: (201) 444-5420

Catholic Charities
319 Maple Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: (732) 324-8200
Fax: (732) 324-2211

Catholic Charities
115 West Pearl Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
Phone: (609) 386-6221
Fax: (609) 386-6993

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
1845 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: (856) 342-4162

Catholic Community Services of Newark
499 Belgrove Drive
Suite 2
Kearny, NJ 07032
Phone: (201)246-7378

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc.
185 Ridgedale Avenue
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: (973) 285-0165
Fax: (201) 261-6013

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc.
240 Frisch Court
Paramus, NJ 07652
Phone: (201) 226-0300
Fax: (201) 226-9262

Children's Home Society of New Jersey
635 South Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611-1831
Phone: (609) 695-6274
Fax: (609) 394-5769

Downey Side, Inc.
201 Arnold Avenue
Suite E
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: (609) 538-8200
Fax: (609) 538-8335
Toll-Free: (800) 872-4453

Family Options
19 Bridge Avenue
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: (732) 936-0770
Fax: (732) 936-0094
Toll-Free: (800) 734-7143

Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services, Inc. (HAPS)
668 American Legion Drive
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: (201) 836-5554
Fax: (201) 836-0204

Jewish Family Service of Metro West
256 Columbia Turnpike
Suite 105
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0825
Phone: (973) 765-9050
Fax: (973) 765-0195

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Southern New Jersey (JFCS)
Suite 702 Birchfield Drive
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 778-7775
Fax: (856) 778-7710

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey
3 Manhattan Drive
Burlington, NJ 08016
Phone: (609) 699-4110
Fax: (609) 386-7191
Toll-Free: (800) 458-0651

Small World Agency
257 West Broad Street
Palmyra, NJ 08065-1463
Phone: (856) 829-2769

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
57 Union Place
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-0043
Fax: (908) 598-1506

Youth Consultation Services (YCS)
60 Evergreen Place
10th Floor
East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: (973) 395-0801
Fax: (973) 395-9902

Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States

If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.

Alabama Louisiana Ohio
Alaska Maine Oklahoma
Arizona Maryland Oregon
Arkansas Massachusetts Pennsylvania
California Michigan Rhode Island
Colorado Minnesota South Carolina
Connecticut Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
Kentucky North Dakota  

Adoption Consultant Resource

Why You Need an Adoption Consultant

There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of  adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney.  He can help you save your  time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.

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