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Adopting in New York

Adoption in New York

There is much to love about New York - Broadway, fall colors, bagels and pizza. There's also a lot to love about their adoption laws. Single or married adults may adopt in New York. It's worth noting, courts prefer to work with in-state Adoptive Parents unless there are extenuating circumstances. Adoptive Families may provide financial assistance when it comes to medical, legal, counseling and living expenses (housing, maternity and baby clothes, transportation) between 60 days pre-birth to 30-days post partum (unless extenuating circumstances are noted by the court). Important historical fact: Seneca Falls held the Women's RIght Convention in 1848.

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Adoption Attorneys in New York

24 Adoption Agencies in NY

23 AAAA Attorneys in NY

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Natalie S. French
    120 East Buffalo Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 277-6611
    (607) 277-3330
    bgdtlaw@gmail.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Gregory A. Franklin
    150 Allens Creek Road
    Rochester, NY 14618
    (585) 442-0540
    (585) 442-6889
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Cynthia Perla Meckler
    8081 Floss Lane
    East Amherst, NY 01405
    (716) 741-4164
    (716) 741-4164
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Kevin P. Harrigan
    205 South Salina Street, Salina Place, Suite 403
    Syracuse, NY 13202
    (315) 478-3138
    (315) 478-3148
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Laurie Slavin
    P.O. Box 280
    Woodstock, NY 12498
    (305) 775-8340
    nyadoptionagency@gmail.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Mary Walsh Snyder
    P.O. Box 11118
    Albany, NY 12211
    (518) 225-2776
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Brendan C. O'Shea
    40 Beaver Street
    Albany, NY 12207
    (518) 432-7511
    (518) 432-5221
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Sperm Donation
  • Attorney
    Kathleen "Casey" Copps DiPaola
    1 Marcus Boulevard, Suite 200
    Albany, NY 12205
    (518) 436-4170
    (518) 436-1456
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Steven L. Sarisohn
    350 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Commack, NY 11725
    (631) 543-7667
    (631) 543-7901
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Anthony M. Brown
    100 Merrick Road, Suite 103E
    Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    (516) 599-2020
    (516) 599-6476
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Jeanine Castagna
    1225 Franklin Avenue, Suite 325
    Garden City, NY 11530
    (516) 495-7906
    (516) 908-7773
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Frederick J. Magovern
    1539 Franklin Avenue
    Mineola, NY 11501
    (516) 747-6800
    (516) 741-3814
    info@nyfamilylaw.expert
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Denise Seidelman
    116 Kraft Avenue, Suite 3
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    (914) 779-1050
    (914) 931-1786
    info@adoptionlawny.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Michael S. Goldstein
    62 Bowman Avenue
    Rye Brook, NY 10573
    (914) 939-1111
    (914) 939-2369
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Suzanne Nichols
    800 Westchester Ave., Suite 641 N
    Rye Brook, NY 10573
    (914) 697-4870
    (866) 876-4051
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Debbie S. Wolf
    62 Bowman Avenue
    Rye Brook, NY 10573
    (914) 939-1180
    (914) 939-1181
    adopt@foreverfamiliesthroughadoption.org
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Laurie B. Goldheim
    P.O. Box 142
    Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
    (845) 624-2727
    (845) 624-8400
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Yekaterina "Kate" Trambitskaya
    410 East 92nd Street
    New York, NY 10128
    (212) 369-0258
    (212) 369-8589
    info@spence-chapin.org
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Robin A. Fleischner
    11 Riverside Drive, Suite 14 MW
    New York, NY 10023
    (212) 362-6945
    (877) 593-7054
    formfamilies@gmail.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Stephen Lewin
    355 Lexington Avenue, Eighth Floor
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 759-2600
    (212) 593-1318
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Rebecca L. Mendel
    228 East 45th Street, Suite 900
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 972-5430
    (212) 972-5835
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation
  • Attorney
    Benjamin J. Rosin
    228 E. 45th street
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 972-5430
    (212) 972-5835
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Elizabeth Swire Falker
    Pound Ridge, NY
    (914) 374-5380
    (914) 738-5654
    Info@StorkLawyer.com or Liz@StorkLawyer.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Law Offices Of Laurie Goldheim
    P.O. Box 142
    Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
    (845) 624-2727
    lgoldheim@adoptionrights.com

Who’s Waiting to Adopt in New York

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No. of Adoptive Familes in New York*

11 families

Average Age

37 years old

Profession

Most Common Professions Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Lawyer Boutique Owner College administrator Entrepreneur/Architect College Educator University Admissions Art Historian

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    Esther
    & Kory

    • Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

      Joyful! I pray that she is happy and at peace with her decision to place. I pray she always reaches out for a relationship to her desire and strength. I hope she is where she dreamt to be! - Esther

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    Andrew
    & Allie

    • I hope you are...

      Seeing that this is your journey, too. Whatever your decisions, we support and respect you. You are important to us. - Allie

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    Laura
    & Eleizer

    • Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

      Finding the humor in everything. And chocolate. - Laura

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    Nina
    & Galen

    • My best friend would describe me as......

      I asked three close friends, and here are the answers: -"Outstandingly empathetic" -"Attentive, adaptable, reliable, and encouraging," -"Kind, gentle, brilliant, and silly." - Nina

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    Michele
    & Roberto

    • My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

      We live in a small family friendly neighborhood on Long Island only about 30 minutes from NYC. We chose to live here because of it's diversity and closeness to the city. - Michele

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    Elizabeth
    & Reza

    • My favorite place in the World is...

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    Casey
    & Howard

    • In five years, our relationship with you will...

      Be a healthy, supportive, communicative one. I want our child's birth mother to be a positive figure in their life. The more people in this child's life who love him/her, the better. - Howard

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    Morgan
    & Brian

    • Dogs or cats?

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    Andrew
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      A sailboat - for sure! While I never turn down a road trip, I absolutely love being by the water. Growing up on the east coast, we were always near the ocean or lakes. - John

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    Liza

    • If I could have dinner with anyone -- dead or alive -- I would pick...

      My grandmother. She passed before I was born so we've never met. - Liza

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    Liz
    & Jarrett

    • My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

      we live in a village right outside the city, with a small-town vibe. We love taking walks and bike rides on the trails nearby. There are lots of young families and great schools in our area. - Jarrett

Traveling For Your Adoption in New York

Length of ICPC
in New York

1-30 days

Email: ocfs.sm.nysicpc@ocfs.ny.gov

New York adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in New York

Advertising Law Info

Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    A single adult, a married adult couple jointly, a married adult singly if legally separated from his/her spouse, or a minor adult or adult spouse if the child is of the other spouse.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    Yes, but courts prefer to work with in-state adoptive parents, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Yes, but only an authorized agency or parent, legal guardian, or relative with the second degree of the child can place a child.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Medical, legal, counseling, living (housing, maternity and baby clothes, transportation). From 60 days pre-birth to 30 days post-partum, unless court finds extraordinary circumstances to extend.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    Private adoption: 45 days after signing and transfer of child to adoptive parents; agency adoption: usually after 30 days. Revocation of the consent triggers a “best interests” hearing if the adoptive parents or agency choose to contest the revocation.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Code of Rules & Regs. Tit. 18, § 421.16
    Applicants shall be at least age 18. The agency shall not establish any other minimum or maximum age for acceptance.
    An applicant shall healthy enough to have the energy and other abilities needed to fulfill the parental responsibilities.
    Agencies must not consider marital status in their acceptance of applicants. Married applicants must have been married for at least 1 year. An adoptive applicant may not be rejected for adoption because of his or her fertility. The significance of fertility and/or infertility as it relates to the desire to adopt shall always be explored in the adoption process, but applicants shall not be required to provide proof of infertility.
    The agency may study family size as it relates to the ability of a family to care for another child and the quality of life that will be offered to an adoptive child. Applicants shall not be rejected solely based on homosexuality. A decision to accept or reject when homosexuality is at issue shall be made as it relates to the best interests of adoptive children.
    Employment, education, or volunteer activities of the applicants may not be a basis for rejection. Race, ethnic group, and religion shall not be a basis for rejecting an adoption applicant.
    No applicant shall be rejected based on low income or because of receipt of income maintenance payments. The adoption study process shall evaluate an applicant’s ability to budget his or her resources in such a way that a child can be reasonably assured of minimum standards of nutrition, health, shelter, clothing, and other essentials.
    Changes in employment and residences may be examined to determine the significance of such changes for the functioning and well-being of the family and any child to be placed in the home

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Rules & Regs. Tit. 18, §§ 421.16; 421.27
    An adoption study shall explore the applicant’s:
    • Capacity to give and receive affection
    • Ability to provide for a child’s physical and emotional needs
    • Ability to accept the intrinsic worth of a child, to respect and share his or her past, and to have realistic expectations and goals
    • Flexibility and ability to change
    • Ability to cope with problems, stress, and frustration
    • Feelings about parenting an adopted child and the ability to make a commitment to a child placed in the home
    • Ability to use community resources to strengthen and enrich family functioning
    A report of a physical examination conducted not more than 1 year preceding the date of the adoption application regarding the family’s general health; the absence of communicable disease, infection, or illness; or any physical condition that might affect the proper care of an adopted child, is required.
    An adoption study shall inquire into an applicant’s experience with children and offer him or her, if feasible, the opportunity to increase his or her experience, knowledge, and skills in this area. The adoption study process shall include inquiry into the applicant’s ability to locate and take advantage of human and organizational resources to strengthen his or her capacity as parents.
    An adoption study shall include a check with the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment as whether the subject has an indicated child abuse and maltreatment report on file. If the applicant or other household member age 18 or older has resided out of State at any time during the previous 5 years, a check of out-of-State registries must be made.
    An authorized agency must perform fingerprint-based State and Federal criminal history record checks regarding any prospective adoptive parent and each person older than age 18 who is currently residing in the home of the prospective adoptive parent before the adoptive parent is finally approved for the placement of a child.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Rules & Regs. Tit. 18, §§ 421.16; 421.27
    If the applicant is the subject of an indicated report of child abuse or maltreatment, the agency must determine on the basis of the information it has available and in accordance with guidelines developed by the department whether to approve the application.
    Current abuse of alcohol or other drugs requires the rejection of an application. The record must clearly show how the finding of such abuse was made.
    The authorized agency must deny an adoption application when a criminal history record of the prospective or approved adoptive parent reveals:
    • A felony conviction at any time involving:
    o Child abuse or neglect
    o Spousal abuse
    o A crime against a child, including child pornography
    o A crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, other than a crime involving physical assault or battery
    • A felony conviction within 5 years for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense
    The authorized agency may deny an application for approval of a prospective adoptive parent when:
    • A criminal history record of the prospective or approved adoptive parent reveals a charge or a conviction of a crime other than one set forth above
    • A criminal history record of any other person older than age 18 who resides in the home of the prospective or approved adoptive parent reveals a charge or a conviction of any crime
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Dom. Rel. Law § 115
    A person seeking to commence a private-placement adoption shall be certified as a qualified adoptive parent by a court of competent jurisdiction prior to the placement of a child in his or her home.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Dom. Rel. Law § 116
    When the adoptive child is younger than age 18, no order of adoption shall be made until 3 months after the petition to adopt has been filed.
    A postplacement investigation shall be made by a disinterested person who has no interest in the outcome of petitioner’s application. The disinterested person shall make a written report of his or her investigation that shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
    • The marital and family status and history of the adoptive parents and adoptive child
    • The physical and mental health of the adoptive parents and adoptive child
    • The property owned by and the income of the adoptive parents
    • The compensation paid or agreed upon with respect to the placement of the child for adoption
    • Whether either adoptive parent has ever been a respondent in any proceeding concerning allegedly abused, neglected, abandoned, or delinquent children
    • Any other facts relating to the familial, social, religious, emotional, and financial circumstances of the adoptive parents that may be relevant to a determination of adoption
    The written report of investigation shall be submitted to the court within 30 days unless the court grants an extension for good cause shown. The report shall be filed, in any event, before the final order of adoption is granted.

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