Niagara County Adoption Agencies

Adoption Agencies in New York State

Adoption STAR, Inc.

Services Provided: Provides child placement programs including domestic infant and international programs. Conducts home studies for prospective families throughout NYS, OH and FL interested in pursuing a domestic agency adoption, private adoption, international adoption and kinship adoption. Home study includes educational classes. International programs include Hungary and Bulgaria. Additional services include pre adoption education and support, Family STAR – A full service post adoption support program providing clinical counseling, support groups and nationwide post adoption contact correspondence services. Owner of Tapestry Books – premiere online source for adoption books and resources. See website for more info and upcoming events. Albany 518-391-2515; NYC 917-470-9340; Syracuse 315-703-7511; Binghamton 607-330-2158; Rochester 585-672-5227; Poughkeepsie 845-457-4883
Contact Person Michelle Fried
Address: 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228 Phone: 716-639-3900
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Baker Victory Services

Services Provided: Provides homestudies for some domestic private adoptions. Their focus is on international adoptions. Although they are a licensed foster care agency and can do homestudies for adoption of children in foster care, they do not have a mechanism for doing purchase of service contracts. Therefore, they don’t work with families interested in foster care adoptions. (There can be exceptions, e.g., a family that has begun their foster care training and decides to adopt instead.) No Spanish language services available.
Contact Person: Judy O’Mara
Address: 790 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218 Phone: 716-828-9500
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Services Provided: They provide 30 hours joint foster/adoption MAPP class 2x yr. in Spring & Fall. Use shorter training program of 5 or 6 wk individual meetings for private adoptions and may for others rather than have family wait for next MAPP training. $100 adoption application fee and $2,000 for home study services. Will develop purchase of service contracts with agencies for special needs adoption, no fee to parents. No Spanish language services available.

Hillside Children’s Center

Services Provided: Information and referral on all aspects of adoption and foster care and support to concerned individuals and organizations. Will assist families interested in a waiting child to obtain training and home studies. Services include annual conference, international / domestic homestudies, birthmother support network, search support for birth families, monthly homestudy and information classes, and pre & post adoption parent support groups. Youth support groups also available.

Lutheran Service Society of NY

Services Provided: Local Services: Home Studies, Parenting Education, Post-Placement Reports, Adoptive Parent Support, in the Western New York Area. Statewide International Adoption program placing children from Poland services: Placing Agency, Hague Education, Dossier Services, for families across the US.

New Directions Youth & Family Services

Services Provided: New Directions Foster Care and Adoption Services provides a temporary, supportive environment for children who either have no family resources, or who, for a variety of reasons cannot live with their birth families. During their time with us, we identify and prepare a permanent home for children freed for adoption, or help birth families heal and develop a safe, nurturing environment to which their children can return. When children are freed for adoption, we actively engage families seeking to adopt and assist them through the process. For those interested in adoption, you must complete the MAPP/GPS II training class.

Niagara County Department of Social Services

Services Provided: Adoption / foster Care Supervisor. MAPP training held 2X yearly. Orientation session every 4 to 5 wks. Packet sent to inquirers with schedule, application / homestudy process starts at orientation meeting. Works with other nearby counties / agencies to share training, homestudies etc. Need families for children 8+, sibling groups and special needs.

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