Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Syracuse

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Syracuse, New York

This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in or near to Syracuse, New York or in the Onondaga County region.  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 Onondaga County region of New York 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 State may be found on our New York adoption information page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Syracuse, New York

Pregnancy Resource Centers, also sometimes called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are often not-for-profit clinics where you can go to get help confirming if you are pregnant, and if you would like to, they will discuss “pregnancy options”.  Most of these centers are staffed by volunteers who are not necessarily trained medical personnel, so can’t prescribe contraceptives.  Because many Pregnancy Resource Centers are associated with pro-life organizations, they will encourage parenting or adoption, however not all of them are faith based. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Onondaga County region that are in or near Syracuse are:

Affordable Prenatal Care in Syracuse, New York

Medical clinics have medical personnel on staff so can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They do STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and even dispense contraceptives. A clinic located in or near to Syracuse, New York that provide affordable prenatal care to those in Onondaga County is:

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 Syracuse, New York

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. The hospitals with Birthing Centers serving the Syracuse, New York region are:

Completing the Home Study in Syracuse, 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 and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Syracuse, New York or the Onondaga 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 Syracuse, New York

If you would like to become a resource family for a foster child in or near Syracuse, or the Onondaga 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 Syracuse, New York, and the greater Onondaga 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 finalization process in New York, information may be found on the website for the New York State Unified Court System. Additional information may be obtained from the Onondaga County Family Court.

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