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Adoption Services

Post Adoption Help for Families

The Office of Children and Family Services is committed to identifying connections to the services most frequently sought by adoptive families in need of support. The contacts listed are intended to cover the broadest range of needs. In this, as in much of the advocacy you do for yourselves, be aware of how the response feels to you. If something does not appear to be meeting your family’s needs, try a different provider or even a different direction.

Crisis Links/Hotline Numbers

Toll Free Hotline Telephone Numbers:

  1. 2-1-1
  2. 3-1-1 (New York City only)
  3. Life Net: 1-800-LifeNet (1-800-543-3638) (English)
    • 1-877-Ayudese (1-877-298-3373) (Spanish)
    • 1-877-990-8585 (Asian Life Net)
    • 1-212-982-5284 (TTY) 
  4. National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
  5. Boys Town Suicide and Crisis Line: 1-800-448-3000  or 1-800-448-1833 (TDD)
  6. National Runaway Switchboard:1-800-RUNAWAY 1-800-786-2929
  7. Advocates for Children (Education)  Helpline: 1-866-427-6033 (M-F, New York City only)

*** If you or someone you know is currently in immediate danger of being harmed, we urge you to call 911 now.

Resources/Information Web Sites

Services for Children & Families

OCFS and your local department of social services are available to support and assist adoptive families. Please consider contacting your local department of social services, as well as, the other agencies listed here to help identify needed services, direct you to community resources and other adoptive parents, or just to provide a listening ear.

Other Post Adoption Resources:

About a Parent for Every Child

A Parent for Every Child is a Diligent Recruitment project sponsored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and funded through a federal Adoption Opportunity grant. The goal of the project is to provide permanency through kinship care, adoption, or guardianship for children whose parental rights have been terminated and who have spent several years in residential care without a viable family resource. The Parent For Every Child website also provides information on post adoption services. http://parentforeverychild.org/Helpfulresources.php

TANF Post Adoption Funding

The following agencies have been awarded TANF post adoption services grant awards to serve families
under 200% of the poverty level  who have  an adopted child or a child placed for adoption in their home .

Programs are to commence in May 2012.


  1. Albany Region
  2. Buffalo Region
  3. New York City
  4. Rochester
  5. Syracuse
  6. Spring Valley
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