Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Albany

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Albany, New York

This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in Albany, New York. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.

For those in the Albany region who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents throughout the state of New York may be found on our New York adoption information page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Albany, New York

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options. Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not distribute contraceptives. Many are affiliated with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Some of the Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in Albany County are:

Affordable Prenatal Care in Albany, New York

Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Affordable prenatal care for those in Albany County is available at:

Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in New York with limited financial resources is provided at ACCESS.

Hospitals in Albany, New York with Birthing Centers

Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans during the time of baby’s birth, or have other inquiries. Some of the hospitals with birthing centers serving those in the Albany region are:

Completing the Home Study in New York

The home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption process. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health & financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers authorized to conduct home studies for those who live in Albany County, New York:

Family Focus Adoption Services
(718) 224-1919
Whether you are considering a private adoption of a child from New York State or another state, or adopting a family member (kinship adoption), Family Focus can provide a home study, supervision and/or post placement reports as required.

New Beginnings Child & Family Services
(516) 747-2204
New Beginnings is a small agency, but the professionalism in services is outstanding. The approach we take with our families is one of mutual respect and cooperation.

(212) 400-8150
Spence-Chapin has more than 100 years of providing adoption services and we are here to guide you through the home study process. No matter your adoption pathway your process will begin with the home study.

Become a Foster Parent in New York

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Albany, New York, you must meet similar requirements to that of the home study required for adoptive parents.

More information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in New York is available on our New York adoption information page, as well as that of the Adoption and Foster Family Association of New York. In addition to the New York Administration for Children’s Services the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in the Albany County region:

Little Flower Child and Family Services of New York
SCO Family of Services
You Gotta Believe

Court Information for Adoptions in New York

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption finalization process in New York, information may be found on the website for the New York State Unified Court System.

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