New York Adoption Information

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Adoption in New York

You have dreamed of adoption, but you are not sure where to begin. There are several adoption options available in New York. Residents of New York may adopt an infant domestically, an infant or older child internationally, or an older or special needs child from foster care.

Who May Adopt In New York

Before you begin the adoption process you need to know who is eligible to be an adoptive parent. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check. Either married or single parents are welcome as well as both homeowners and renters.

New York Adoption Home Study

A home study is a procedure you will go through regardless of the type of adoption you decide to pursue. This procedure allows the agency to help you decide what child would be the best fit for your family. While the questions are very personal, and may seem nosy, they are necessary to give your adoption the best chance of success. There will be questions about your financial status, employment history, your marriage (if applicable), your health and fingerprinting.

New York International Adoption

When adopting internationally there is a large age range of children available. There are some factors to consider since each country has its own laws. Some countries limit the age of people that are allowed to adopt, and others do not allow adoptions of younger children. This will help you determine the country that you are interested in adopting from, and will also help determine which agencies you should use. Be sure to choose an agency who has experience in adoptions from that country. You can find a list of adoption agencies on the New York State Office of Children & Family Services website.

New York Infant Adoption

In New York, infant adoptions are facilitated through an adoption agency or an adoption attorney. They are responsible for matching a birth mother with an adoptive family. They are also responsible for making sure that all the laws are followed.

If a birthmother feels that she is unable to care for her child and is unable to make an adoption plan, she may find protection in the New York Safe Haven law. She may take her unharmed infant (up to 5 days old) to any responsible person or call the appropriate authority (911) for medical treatment and transportation to a hospital, or bring the newborn to any fire station, police station, or hospital. The person receiving the child will arrange for a safe home for the child.

New York Older Child Or Special Needs Adoption

There are many children waiting for an adoptive family in New York but have difficulty being placed. These children are currently in foster care and may be older children or have a physical or emotional disability that requires extra care. Special needs may also mean a child of a different race, or a sibling group that needs to be adopted together.

When adopting an older child, you must complete a class called Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP). Older children and special needs children being adopted have unique needs. The purpose of the class is to help to educate you what the needs might be, and how to handle them.

New York Adoption Registry

If you are adopted, or if you placed a child for adoption, or if you are the biological sibling of an adopted person, you may wish to learn more about your birth family. The New York State Health Department's Adoption Registry can help and even facilitate a reunion.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in New York.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples near New York, provided as a service of

Children Waiting for Adoption in New York

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in New York who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, New York does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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Kizi H - 2 years ago
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Hi my name is Kizi. I was born April 15, 1977. I was born in Albany New York. I don't know the hospital i was born at. My mother was a college student I think, going to school for possible nursing. I do know she had 2 other children a son and a daughter. I think the daughter was older than than the boy. I was adopted by a family that lives in Rochester, NY. Do to NY state honoring the birth parents I have very little information. If anyone has any information or avenues I can go through please email me xxxx. please make sure in the subject you place the word Adoption Information. Thank you for all of you out there looking for there parents or loves one I hope your prayers our answered. #1
JOHN R - 1 year ago
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Katherine F Trumbaturi - 2 years ago
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I was born 4/4/44 My name was Shirley Anne Alford, I was adopted thru Catholic Home Bureau. I have my Mothers name Mary/Marie Bassano. I have 4 other siblings. I am looking for my Father. He was English, in the military and born in Florida #3
Laura - 1 year ago
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I too have read articles recently about adoption agencies needing volunteers to cuddle new babies. Please advise where one can go to sign up! #4
Charles Bryan - 1 year ago
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HI. I recommend you good lawyers #5
Chad - 3 years ago
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Looking for the only other child my mother Gave birth to abuts Renee Smith adopted thru Brookside child care agency at 361 Adelphi St. Brooklyn NY in the mid eighties #6
Chuck - 3 years ago
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65 years old. Adopted, know birth family. Have two different birth certificates, different first names and birth date is one day apart. Would like to find out if I might have had a twin and why one is sealed and one is not. I'm in NYS. My birth siblings have no idea why. Is there any way I can get an adoption "unsealed" just for my own knowing. Both my birth parents are deceased. Any help out there? Thanks......Chuck #7
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