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My husband and I are just starting out looking into adoption. Many websites suggest getting recommendations from others who have adopted about adoption agencies or attorneys.

I am wondering if you can share any NY adoption agencies you would suggest, or any to steer clear of.

We are in the NYC area, but have family throughout NY so using an agency in other NY areas shouldn’t be an issue.

For some background—
We are hoping to adopt an infant or toddler if possible, and don’t have a preference if the adoptions is domestic or international. We are also open to adopting 2 siblings even if one is a little older (around 11 years old at the oldest is what we are thinking), but hoping one of the two kids is younger.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!


Just wanted to add-
If you don’t mind also giving an idea of fees that would be helpful as well.

And to add to background info -
We do not have a preferred race or gender.

Posted by rts123 on Jan 03, 2018 at 5:55pm

try Adoption S.T.A.R.  (   
they have an online orientation webinar 1/10/18, and in person orientation in the NYC area 2/8/18. this is to help you learn if adoption is right for you and what the agency has to offer/if they are a good fit for you.  their website has more helpful info. they work with those hoping to adopt US newborns of any race, international adoption, and from foster care through their new “a-ok adopt an older child” program. they are LGBTQ+ friendly, and work with singles, couples, younger and older hopeful adoptive parents alike. they are based in NY with offices in Ohio and FL as well. Fees are reasonable for domestic adoption, which is what we did, and are based on your income/sliding fee scale, so you do not need to be rich to adopt! Majority, about 80%,of our fees were due at time of placement not up front. We did look at several agencys before we chose ASTAR, and are so glad we did. One of the places we looked into went out of business right before we applied. ASTAR seems to be growing in a positive direction, sound business practices, ethical, and very supportive. We are Caucasian hetero couple and adopted our son at birth. He is AA. We waited about a year for placement after our homestudy was complete, which is pretty average wait time for healthy newborn. the agency also has a very strong post adoption support program as well, regardless of the type of adoption or if you went through their agency or not. they truly are a gem of an agency to have in NYS. And no, I do not work for that agency or get any kind of incentive, lol, I’m just a very happy thankful adoptive mom to the most beautiful little boy in the world. that being said, everyone is different and it never hurts to look into several agencies before making a choice that works for you and your family. Being comfortable with your agency is very important, they will likely be with you through this entire process AND after you adopt.

Posted by Lionmama1 on Jan 06, 2018 at 7:09pm

We worked with Friends in Adoption - they are based in NY (and VT) and focus on domestic infant adoptions. I recommend them enthusiastically. They are a small, progressive, extremely caring agency, with a good number of annual placements for the size. Our adoption was in 2016, and cost came to over $35,000 including travel (we spent just over 4 wks away from home, which seemed like a bit of an anomaly). The offer Getting Acquainted Workshops every few months - a full-day workshop, but a great way to get a sense of whether they are a fit. I recommend taking a look at their website to see if their values align. We were active just a month and a half before placement, though average wait time may be more like a year. Hope this is helpful!

Posted by Heather&co; on Feb 07, 2018 at 10:49pm

2019 Honest Review of Adoption Star (current client for 3 1/2 years): Absolute scamming and dishonest agency - prospective adoptive parents please beware. Adoption Star has really gone down the drain in the last 3 years. They used to be a caring supportive agency with good communication. They bit off more than they could chew since then, opening up a new office that remains severely understaffed and then expanding to other states because they have virtually no birth mothers to profile. My husband and I have been with them for over three years and they call us with **4-6** possibilities a year. We have an extremely open grid but our family “advocate” Shannon Whalen is consistently rude, condescending, and dismissive any time we try to share concerns and ask for support. Numerous clients have complained about her, just read the other reviews. Please don’t make the same mistake as us with such an important decision - look somewhere else to help build your family and offer your hard-earned money. We don’t have enough money to go somewhere else now so we’re stuck with them for a while and no hope anything will happen. Be warned: Adoption Star cares about one thing, and one thing only: $$$. Their official slogan is they don’t find “babies for families, they find families for babies”. Adoption Star, if you’re reading this, consider going back to your original values. Right now your real slogan should be you don’t even find babies - you hunt and prey on people for their money to fund your salaries and failing business.

Posted by adenny85 on Jul 03, 2019 at 5:01pm

“Their official slogan is they don’t find “babies for families, they find families for babies”.

A lot of people think this is how it should be.

Posted by NoraT on Jul 09, 2019 at 4:54pm

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