Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Rochester

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Rochester, New York

We prepared this page to provide information to those who are considering adoption and live in or near Rochester, New York or in the Monroe County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Monroe County region of New York and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

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

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Rochester, 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 prescribe contraceptives.  Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Monroe County region that are in or close to Rochester are:

Affordable Prenatal Care in Rochester, New York

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Rochester, New York that provide affordable prenatal care for Monroe County residents 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 Rochester, New York

Developing a hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of your baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Rochester, New York region are:

Completing the Home Study in Rochester, New York

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment.  The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Rochester, New York or the Monroe County region:

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 Rochester, New York

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Rochester, or the Monroe County region of 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 Rochester, New York, and the greater Monroe County region:

Court Information

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 laws in New York, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. Information about how the adoption process is conducted in Rochester and all of Monroe County, New York is provided on the website for the New York State Unified Court System.

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