What the Program Offers
- Local support and coordination for international adoption.
- Comprehensive information about all aspects of adoption.
- Information and guidance in the initial decision-making phase to help you decide what type of adoption is best for you.
- A mandatory home study and adoption readiness training.
- Assistance with obtaining and assessing all available and relevant medical, developmental, social and historical information related to placement decisions.
- Post-placement service.
- Complete documentation for legalization as required by the court.
- Provide non-identifying birth search information to individuals adopted through Catholic Charities Family and Community Services. Information is also given as to the process of obtaining identifying information in New York State.
- Act as a liaison for adoptive parents with international placing agencies, and assist them in meeting the requirements for U.S. immigration. Family and Community Services has developed positive relationships with international adoption agencies and is well versed in the required paperwork necessary to adopt internationally.
- Advocate for adoptive parents with agencies that have custody of an older/special needs child.
- Consult with attorneys for adoptive parents in private adoption cases.
Information regarding program demographics for the previous three years is available upon request.