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ADOPTION IN
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New York

Domestic Infant Adoptions can be completed through an adoption agency or adoption attorney. Click here for a directory of adoption service providers in New York.

International Adoptions must be completed through an accredited adoption agency or attorney. Find an international adoption service provider here.

Foster Care Adoptions in New York can be completed through the Office of Children and Family Services.

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Can I Adopt in New York?

Applicants must be 21 years old or older. Each member of the home must be in good physical and mental health. You can be single, married, or divorced. Parents must have stable employment as well as a plan for the child to be around adult supervision at all times. Applicants must submit 3 character references. A criminal background check will be conducted, and foster parents must be willing to attend pre service training. For a complete list of adoption regulations click here.

 

What Adoption Regulations Exist in New York?

Advertising: No person or organization except a licensed adoption agency shall place any child for adoption. § 374(2)

 

Relinquishment: Judicial consent is irrevocable upon execution or acknowledgment. Consent given outside the court becomes irrevocable 45 days after execution unless written notice of revocation is given to the court within 45 days. Revocation only goes into effect if adoptive parents fail to oppose it or if the court finds that revocation is in the child’s best interest. No laws currently exist to regulate when consent can be given. § 115-b

 

Birth parent expenses: Adoptive parents may make the following payments: birth related medical and hospital fees; medical, hospital, and nursing fees for the support of the child; living expenses for the birth mother, not to start until 60 days before birth and not to extend more than 30 days after birth. § 374(6)

 

Post-adoption contact agreements: Contact agreements between birth and adoptive families are only legally enforceable when the terms of the agreements are incorporated into a written court order. § 383-c(2)(b)

 

Birth father rights: Unmarried fathers wishing to receive notice of adoption proceedings may file their information with the Department of Social Services putative father registry. § 372-c

Finalization: Out of 1,957 adoptions completed in 2014, the average time between TPR and adoption finalization was 14.7 months. (acf.hhs.gov)

Review New York adoption laws in detail

 

Is Adoption Assistance Available in New York?

Many of the children waiting to be adopted in New York have special needs. Federal (Title IV-E) and state (non-IV-E) programs exist to help adoptive parents meet their child’s needs. In New York, the maximum monthly amount ranges from $497-678 (depending upon your child's age and location). For more information please visit NACAC.org

 

Can I adopt a Child from another country?

It is always possible to adopt a child from another country, even if you live in the United States. Children under 18 adopted from a Hague Convention country entering the U.S. with an IH-3 visa may automatically receive U.S. citizenship.

 

Children adopted from a non convention country must qualify as orphans before receiving U.S. citizenship. When U.S. citizens finalize an adoption abroad, they must apply to the USCIS for an IR-3 visa for the child. An IR-3 visa classifies the child as an immigrant and may provide the child with citizenship upon arrival in the States.

 

In New York, courts will accept the foreign adoption decree alone when adoptive parents request a US birth certificate for their child.

 

State Contacts

 

Gallery of children waiting to be adopted: https://adoption.com/photolisting?page=1&search_type=region&range=UnitedStates

 

State subsidy contact:

Joanne Passero

Office of Children & Family Services

NYS Adoption Services

Capital View Office Park

52 Washington St.

Rensselaer, NY 12144

518-473-0734

joanne.passero@ocfs.ny.gov

Web: www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt

 

 

Summary

Adoptions in NY can be completed through the Office of Children and Family Services.

 

Applicants must be 21 years old. Everyone must be in good physical/mental health. You can be single, married, or divorced. You must pass an adoption home study.

 

No person or organization except a licensed adoption agency shall place any child for adoption.  

 

No laws currently exist to regulate when consent can be given. Judicial consent is irrevocable upon execution or acknowledgment. Consent given outside the court becomes irrevocable 45 days after execution unless written notice of revocation is given to the court within 45 days.

The following payments are permits: medical, hospital, and nursing fees for the support of the child; living expenses for the birth mother. Contact agreements between birth and adoptive families are only legally enforceable when the terms of the agreements are incorporated into a court order. A paternity registry does exist.

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