Become an Adoptive Parent
Finding Forever Families for Children in Foster Care
Sometimes the parents of children placed into foster care are unable to reunify with their children. In these circumstances, children and teens need strong, loving, and above all forever families to adopt them. Adopting from foster care is similar to other types of adoption in that after all of the decision making, paperwork, and preparation are completed, a dream of family is fulfilled. But foster care adoptions are different in a few important ways. Though it is possible to adopt a baby from foster care, the children who are available for adoption generally range from toddler to 21. The median age is eight years old. Because all children in foster care have experienced some form of trauma, parents who adopt from foster care undergo specific training to understand the effects of trauma and help children heal.
Children in Foster Care
Children enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. These children are in the temporary custody while their birth parents are given the opportunity to complete services that will allow the children to be returned to them if it is in the children’s best interest. Just more than half of children who go into foster care return to their birth families. For children who become available for adoption, many are adopted by a relative or their foster parents. Graham Windham is dedicated to finding a loving family for every child in foster care who is waiting to be adopted.
Child-Focused Recruitment Model
With support from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program our recruitment team works with smaller caseloads of children, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. Dedicated to finding the best homes for youth, our adoption recruiters start with familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors and then reach out to the communities in which they live.
Meet The Peguero Family
Watch this video for a look into one family’s adoption journey.
For More Information
To learn more about adopting a child through Graham Windham, please contact:
Phone: 718-294-1715 ext. 4303
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Learn more ►
Monthly Adoption Group Meetings
Join us at our monthly Adoption Group Meetings to learn more about the process of adoption, post-adoption services Graham provides to help children thrive. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Fredesvinda Sanchez at SanchezF@graham-windham.org.
Learn More About Adopting a Child in New York
- Learn about the New York State Adoption Service (NYSAS), from the Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS)
- The OCFS site also has information about adoption subsidies, the monthly maintenance payments that may be available based on the special needs of a child.
- Learn about Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent in New York City, from the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
- Check out the AdoptUSKids website for more guidelines and information about adopting in New York State
- For information about free adoption counseling, training, and other support, visit Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center.