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New to this process - how to pick an agency


Hi! My husband and I are really new to this process and don’t really know where to start. We are strongly leaning towards a domestic newborn adoption but we have no idea how to choose an agency (if that is the next step).  We live in NY (about an hour north of NYC).  Does anyone know of a good agency in the Westchester county or NYC area? Is there a website that rates agencies? Also, if this is not the next step could you please let me know what is? Thank you!!!

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In November Adoptive Parents Committee (https://www.adoptiveparents.org) is having their annual conference in Brooklyn, NY on November 19 at St. Francis College. I found this helpful when we were starting out. And adoption agencies will be exhibiting.  Plus they will have sessions about adoption for pre and post adoption families. The Hudson Valley/Ct. chapter also has a support group that meets periodically. For pre and post adoption families.

Here are a few agencies most with NYC offices:

We adopted our son through Bethany Christian Services. They have an NYC office but are based out of Fairlawn, NJ and have offices nationwide. All the people we worked with there are gone, so I can’t say how they are to work with now. And I’ve read mixed reviews about them online. 

Two I know of in Westchester:
Forever Families Through Adoption. Based in Rye Brook, NY.
Full Circle Adoption Consultants, Pelham, NY- I recently saw them online. Didn’t look into them when we were pre adoption, but check out their website.

NYC:
Spence Chapin
Gladney Center for Adoption

Good luck.



Hope this is helpful.

Posted by kristm on Oct 25, 2017 at 3:18pm

In November Adoptive Parents Committee (https://www.adoptiveparents.org) is having their annual conference in Brooklyn, NY on November 19 at St. Francis College. I found this helpful when we were starting out. And adoption agencies will be exhibiting.  Plus they will have sessions about adoption for pre and post adoption families. The Hudson Valley/Ct. chapter also has a support group that meets periodically. For pre and post adoption families.

Here are a few agencies most with NYC offices:

We adopted our son through Bethany Christian Services. They have an NYC office but are based out of Fairlawn, NJ and have offices nationwide. All the people we worked with there are gone, so I can’t say how they are to work with now. And I’ve read mixed reviews about them online. 

Two I know of in Westchester:
Forever Families Through Adoption. Based in Rye Brook, NY.
Full Circle Adoption Consultants, Pelham, NY- I recently saw them online. Didn’t look into them when we were pre adoption, but check out their website.

NYC:
Spence Chapin
Gladney Center for Adoption

Good luck.



Hope this is helpful.

Posted by kristm on Oct 25, 2017 at 3:18pm

Thank you!!

Posted by ErinV on Oct 25, 2017 at 11:41pm

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