Adoption Agencies in New York

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Adoption Agencies in New York

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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 York (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in New York.  We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed New York adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.

New York 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 York 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 York 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 York for more details.

Are Children Available for Adoption in New York

Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies.  For example, in 2004, New York had 10,922 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 63 were under the age of 1 year, and 2,965 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through New York public child welfare agencies was only 4,258, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all New York adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).

Remember that while you may be a resident of New York, you are not limited to adopting a child from New York.  You can adopt a child born in New York, 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 York, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.

Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in New York

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

ARISE Child and Family Services
635 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
Phone: (315) 472-3171
Fax: (315) 472-9252
TTY: (315) 479-6363

Adoption S.T.A.R. (Support, Training, Advocacy and Resources), Inc.
47 Plaza Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 639-3900
Fax: (716) 639-3700

Adoptions From The Heart
Park 9 Plaza
1770 Route 9, Sute 203
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 371-4782
Fax: (518) 371-3629
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Advocates for Adoption, Inc.
362 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 957-3938
Fax: (212) 489-6580
Toll-Free: (800) 427-7557

Alliance for Children, Inc.
58 West 58th Street
Suite B
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 751-4095

Association to Benefit Children (ABC)
419 East 86 Street
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 831-1322
Fax: (212) 426-9488

Baker Victory Services
780 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Phone: (716) 828-9510
Toll-Free: (888) 287-9986

Berkshire Farms Center and Family Services for Youth
13640 Route 22
Canaan, NY 12029
Phone: (518) 781-4567

Bethany Christian Services
Warwick Reformed Church
16 Maple Avenue
Warwick, NY 10990
Phone: (845) 987-1453
Fax: (201) 444-5420

Buffalo Urban League, Inc.
224 Northland Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
Phone: (716) 854-7625
Fax: (716) 961-1565

Cardinal McCloskey Services
2 Holland Avenue
White Plains, NY 10603
Phone: (914) 997-8000
Fax: (914) 997-2166

Catholic Charities of Buffalo
525 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 856-4494
Fax: (716) 855-1312

Catholic Social Services of Broome County
232 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: (607) 729-9166
Fax: (607) 729-2062
Toll-Free: (800) CARE-002

Children's Aid Society (CAS)
150 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 949-4961

Children's Home of Poughkeepsie
10 Children's Way
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 452-1420
Fax: (845) 625-2098
Toll-Free: (800) 823-3457

Children's Village
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
9th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 932-9009

Children's Village (CV)
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
9th Floor
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 932-9009

Community Counseling and Mediation (CCM-FCAP)
1 Hoyt Street
7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 875-7751
Fax: (718) 875-8034

Downey Side Families for Youth
PO Box 2139
500 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10116-2139
Phone: (212) 714-2200
Fax: (212) 714-9518

Episcopal Social Service (ESS)
305 Seventh Avenue
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001-6008
Phone: (212) 886-5649
Fax: (212) 989-2844

Family Focus Adoption Services
54-40 Little Neck Parkway
Suite 4
Little Neck, NY 11362
Phone: (718) 224-1919
Fax: (718) 225-8360

Family Tree Adoption Agency
2 Crestmont Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone: (518) 371-1336
Fax: (518) 371-4262
Toll-Free: (800) 272-3678

Family and Children's Agency, Inc. (FCA)
1890 Palmer Avenue
Suite 201
Larchmont, NY 10583
Phone: (914) 834-5806
Toll-Free: (800) 676-4066

Family and Children's Services of Broome County
257 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: (607) 729-6206
Fax: (607) 729-1858

Family and Children's Services of Ithaca
204 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-7494
Fax: (607) 273-7484

Forestdale, Inc.
67-35 112th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: (718) 263-0740
Fax: (718) 575-3931

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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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