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What is the Family Adoption Registry?

The Family Adoption Registry is an opportunity for prospective parents to register their interest in adopting New York State's waiting children. The Family Adoption Registry contains information on families who are interested in adopting photolisted children. This information will be available to adoption staff throughout the state in order to facilitate the matching of children to prospective families. The Family Adoption Registry is a quick and easy way to match prospective families and waiting children.

How does it work?

The Family Adoption Registry is part of the Adoption Album where families interested in adopting photolisted children can be registered. Adoption staff, from local social services districts and New York State Adoption Service, enter family demographic information into the registry. This information is used to match the family's profile with photolisted children. Additionally, caseworkers can search the Family Adoption Registry, using specific criteria, to find families for children.

Can I be on the registry?

You can be on the Family Registry if:

  • You are a New York State Resident interested in adopting a photolisted child
  • You are a resident of another state interested in adopting a photolisted child and are working with a NYS Authorized agency.
  • You are a resident of another state interested in adopting a photolisted child and you have a favorably completed home study.

How do I register?

New York State residents interested in adopting photolisted children can contact their local social services district. You should request an Application to Adopt and request to be placed on the Family Adoption Registry. You will only be placed on the Registry if you are interested in adopting a photolisted child. Your caseworker will be able to verify when you have been added to the registry.

Out-of-state residents working with a NYS Authorized agency can register by asking their caseworker to submit a copy of their Application to Adopt to NYSAS or by doing so themselves.

Out-of-state residents can register, as long as they have a favorably completed homestudy. To register, an out-of-state resident may print and complete a copy of the Family Adoption Registry Information Form or register online by completing the Online Out-of-State Family Registry Form. Submit the form, along with verification of homestudy completion to New York State Adoption Service. A copy of the page signed by the agency worker that completed your home study which documents the agency recommendation and outcome of the study constitutes verification. Mail all information to:

NYS Office of Children and Family Services
New York State Adoption Service
52 Washington St.
Room 323 North
Rensselaer, NY 12144

What is the family photolisting?

The Family Photolisting is an optional feature of the Family Adoption Registry. The Family Photolisting contains color photographs and family narratives that can be viewed by caseworkers trying to find families for photolisted children. Families can participate in the Family Photolisting, however the family must meet the following two criteria:

  • Approved adoptive parent which is an adoptive parent who is approved in accordance with NYS standards by NYS authorized agency; and
  • Registered in the Family Adoption Registry.

If you meet these criteria, simply provide your caseworker with a color photograph and a family narrative. You can also contact New York State Adoption Service at 1-800-345-KIDS (5437) to be photolisted.