Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in New York City

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in New York City

This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in or near to New York City or in the Boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island. 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 New York City 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 New York City

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 Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are:

Affordable Prenatal Care in New York City

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. Clinics that provide prenatal care for those in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are:

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in New York to women with limited financial resources may be found at ACCESS.

Hospitals in New York City 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 Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are:

Bronx:

Brooklyn:

 Manhattan:

Queens:

Staten Island:

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 New York:

Adoption Choices of New York
(800) 505-8952
Adoption Choices’ professional staff are leaders in the adoption community with a genuine commitment to a sensitive, comprehensive, and supportive experience for all involved in the adoption journey.

Family Connections
(800) 535-5556
Family Connections, Inc. is an authorized New York State child-placing agency, who offers a full range of adoption services for dual parent and single parent households.

Family Services of Westchester
(914) 937-2320
Families today have a wide range of adoption options when deciding how to build their families. FSW/Adoption & Children’s Services has over 60 years of experience in working with families adopting U.S. born infants, and 30 years of international homestudy work

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.

Spence-Chapin
(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 New York City, 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 New York City Region:

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services (Bronx)
Catholic Guardian Services (Bronx)
Forestdale, Inc. (Queens)
Little Flower Child and Family Services of New York (Brooklyn)
New Alternatives For Children, Inc. (Manhattan)
Rising Ground (Bronx)
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services (Manhattan)
The Children’s Aid Society (Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island)

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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