Adoption and Foster Care Resources
The following are descriptions of gay-friendly adoption & foster care agencies and businesses that can assist you in building or nurturing your family.
A BABY STEP ADOPTION
A Baby Step Adoption is a local Adoption Agency based in Philadelphia that serves prospective adoptive families from all over the United States. We offer unparalleled services and support to adoptive families, as well as support and guidance to pregnant women making an adoption plan.
For over thirty years, we have been helping the LGBTQ community create their forever families through the gift of adoption. Our goal is to create families in the shortest possible time as to provide the highest level of support for expectant mothers and adoptive families. A Baby Step Adoption serves all families- including LGBTQ individuals and families, single parents, married and unmarried couples, blended families, and families with children.
We are proud to have the distinction of receiving the Human Rights Campaign’s “All Children, All Families” Seal of Approval for LGBTQ+ cultural competency and our work towards becoming fully welcoming and affirming of LGBTQ youth and parents.
Every journey begins with a single step. For more information, please visit www.ababystepadoption.com or call us at 888-505-2367.
Adoption STAR (Support, Training, Advocacy & Resources) is a compassionate and unique agency. We are New York State authorized, Florida and Ohio licensed, and we’ve secured the Human Rights Campaign’s “All Children, All Families” Seal of Approval for LGBTQ+ cultural competency. Adoption STAR takes a strong stand on adoption education and believes no one can make a decision to adopt or place a child for adoption without fully educating themselves on adoption and its many options. Adoption STAR is an agency committed to the best interests of children and will offer all birth families regardless of race, health, circumstances, or disability, the option of adoption for their child. Adoption STAR is an agency dedicated to maintaining connections between adoptive families and birth families and offers education and support with an adoption plan. Regardless of whether you’re interested in adopting an infant or an older child, we have a program for you!
For more information about Adoption STAR and its services, visit our website: www.adoptionstar.com.
THE BARKER ADOPTION FOUNDATION
The Barker Adoption Foundation is a non-profit adoption agency licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Since 1945, we have been providing comprehensive adoption services and have placed over 7,000 children in permanent, loving homes. Our mission is to serve all participants in the adoption circle – birth parents, adoptive parents, and persons who have been adopted.
Project Wait No Longer is Barker’s older child adoption program. This comprehensive program works with couples and single individuals regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and marital status to assist them with the adoption of older children whose circumstances resulted in their being placed into public foster care. Most of the children are between the ages of 10 -17 years old and some are part of sibling groups. The children have often been abused and neglected and are in urgent need of a permanent, loving and stable family. There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care with slightly over 100,000 children currently awaiting adoption.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN
At CFS, we believe that kids grow best in families. CFS has provided foster care and adoption services to northern Michigan for 83 years. We license foster homes and connect foster parents with children who need them. When foster care is not an option, we also provide adoption services, creating new families each year. CFS supports the LGTBQ community and licenses all types of families who can provide a loving home for children. We frequently offer free, ongoing training, referrals, education, support groups, and mentoring to make foster care and adoption the most beneficial to the children and families we serve.
CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA
Children’s Home Society of Virginia is a full-service, private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-sectarian licensed child-placing agency. Established in 1900, CHS has been guided by the fundamental belief that every child deserves a home. CHS welcomes, values and serves multicultural and multiracial individuals and families, LGBTQ individuals and families, single parents, married and unmarried couples, and families with children that can provide a loving and caring home environment.
Our program, My Path Forward, provides housing, life skills training, counseling and case management for youth who have aged out of the foster care system in Virginia at 18 years of age. Developed in collaboration with our partner The Better Housing Coalition, this program delivers on our goal of offering a continuum of services to provide permanence for all of Virginia’s at-risk youth.
In addition, CHS offers family support groups, activities for adoptive families and children, and heritage and search services for adult adoptees. CHS is also proud to be one of only three Virginia recruiters for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® – a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems.
Founded in 1978, CONCERN a multi-service private non-profit 501(c)(3) human services organization dedicated to providing placement and treatment services to children and their families offering a growing array of foster care, adoption and permanency, community-based, residential, and behavioral health services throughout eastern and north central Pennsylvania and southern Maryland.
A pioneer of treatment foster care, CONCERN believes that children placed in foster care should live in a traditional family setting in the community, rather than in a residential or institutional setting and has been at the forefront of innovative programs to meet the individual needs of the child and to promote the strengthening of the family unit.
All young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to someone who can be a support and lasting presence in their lives, and, foster, kinship and adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to children, play a vital role in helping these young people heal, reconnect, and begin to build a brighter future.
Every child deserves a sense of stability and a safe place to call home, so please contact Cindy O'Neil, CONCERN’s Manager of Foster Care Intake and Recruitment at email@example.com or 610-944-0445, or visit www.concern4kids.org to learn more about the joys and rewards of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux, the organization operates a comprehensive network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults – and their families – every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement.
With more than 7,500 employees working in programs across the nation, Devereux is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our country’s most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs – offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings – include: assessments; interventions and support; transition and independent life services; family and professional training; research and innovation; and advocacy and public education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by its mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Learn more at www.devereux.org.
THE HEART MATTERS FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY
The Heart Matters Foster Family Agency is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of children by providing quality foster care. We care for both boys and girls, between the ages of 0 – 21 years old, within the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties of California. Youth in our care have been removed from their homes because they are innocent victims of abuse and neglect. These children need all the support possible from those willing to make a difference in their lives.
We also offer multiple programs to assist every child in our care. Our Intensive Services Foster Care Program and our Specialized Care Program allow us to effectively care for youth who need additional mental and medical health services. We also implemented our Emergency Clothing Closet, C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues & Raising Expectations) Program, and Therapeutic Recreation Programs to provide necessities to youth who are placed with nothing, help potential and current foster parents who require additional assistance in obtaining and maintaining certification, and assist families and children in creating stronger bonds to promote the health and growth of a child in placement.
For additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact us at 909-906-1023.
HEPHZIBAH CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1897, Hephzibah Children's Association is a child welfare agency in Oak Park, IL offering a residential group home, foster care, intact family services and day care programs.
On any given day in Illinois, there are more than 18,000 children in foster care. Foster care is a temporary arrangement while parents and children receive the services and support they need to succeed as a family unit. Hephzibah’s foster care program helps ensure there are licensed families in the Chicagoland area available to provide a safe and nurturing environment during this time. If reunification cannot be achieved, foster parents may be asked to consider becoming a child’s forever family through adoption.
As a licensed Hephzibah foster parent, you’ll never feel alone. We provide a variety of services to help you create a safe and nurturing environment for a child. Services include:
• Foster parent training, mentoring and support groups
• A 24-hour crisis hotline
• Family events and activities
• A summer camp experience for siblings living in different foster homes
If you would like to learn more about opening your HEART and HOME to a child in need, please contact our Foster Care Specialist, Nancy Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-649-7184.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA (LSS/NCA)
LSS/NCA's Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program creates loving and responsible foster homes for youth that have fled situations of war and persecution. This program ensures that eligible unaccompanied minor populations receive the full range of assistance, care, and services available to all foster children in the state by establishing a legal authority to act in place of the child’s unavailable parent(s).
We provide informational sessions and training to families seeking to open their homes to these refugee youth, as well as case management and support services to these youth. In 2019, 27 refugee youth were served through our URM programming and 31 parents were trained in foster care.
NAFI Connecticut has been providing services to youth and families since 1994. Our foster care programs understand and support the complex and rewarding relationships within families. Our highly trained professionals provide support and training for families to help provide children with a structured, nurturing environment for optimal growth.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon is a short-term, treatment foster care program providing services for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. Families host a youth for approximately six to nine months with the goal of re-unifying the youth with their biological family or an appropriate aftercare resource.
Host Families are people that have a genuine interest in helping to provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment for youth.
The main goals of the Host Family are to:
• Provide close supervision
• Offer a supportive relationship to the youth with at least one mentoring adult
• Encourage academic, social and emotional skill development.
NAFI staff help the families provide this holistic care through:
• Comprehensive pre-service training
• Clinical services for the child and biological family
• Weekly support groups for the Host Parent(s)
• 24 hour on-call for guidance and support
Please contact our recruitment specialist, Julie Kolakowski at JulieKolakowski@nafi.com or (860) 904-5385.
NAFI New York
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Open your home and heart to a youth in need.
Foster parents play an essential role in providing safe and nurturing homes to children and youth. NAFI New York offers support services and in-depth training for foster families to help create life-long family ties. Together, we'll build upon the strength of your unique family and give a child a world of possibilities. NAFI NY provides specialized foster care and therapeutic services to youth with mental health and behavioral issues. While a number of these children have developmental disabilities, many are dealing with the consequences of abuse, neglect and other various traumas. The level of care provided and the skills and commitment shown by foster families underscores just how valuable they are to the success of our program and the youth we serve.
NAFI New York is currently seeking Therapeutic Foster Care homes in the following areas:
• Westchester County
• Orange County
• Rockland County
• Duchess County
For more information or to learn about the foster parent application and training process, please visit our website at www.nafiny.org or contact Angie Falzone, Program Director, at email@example.com
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
5140 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20019
The National Center for Children and Families - Foster Care and Adoption Services Division provides child safety, well-being and permanency through nurturing foster home placements. The foster care programs provide trauma informed case management services to youth and families who have entered foster care in the District of Columbia and Maryland due to neglect and/or abuse.
Join us to help Raise Hope & Foster Dreams!
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division for Children, Youth and Families
Help New Hampshire Children.
Be a Foster Parent.
Learn More; call 603-271-4711 or visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The New Jersey Department of Children Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. Our agency is a proud HRC All Children – All Families Recognized Leader in supporting and serving LGBT Youth and Families. There are children in your community who need the warmth and guidance of a family. You can make a difference, be a foster or adoptive parent. You Can Do This! You can provide a home where a child can feel safe, offer guidance, understanding and help a child heal. For more information about becoming and foster or adoptive parent, please visit us at, www.njfoster.org.
THE SAINT YVES LAW FIRM
As the Managing Owner of The Saint Yves Law Firm, Attorney Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste concentrates her legal practice on Estate Planning and Administration, Taxation, Contract, and Family Law. Located in Towson, Maryland, Marie-Yves is passionate about providing a better future for those in need of legal services/protection.
To ensure the LGBTQIA community members enjoy equality and continue to remain equal, Marie-Yves focuses on the areas already mentioned as well as additional legal issues affecting the community, one that is near and dear to her heart.
Coming from a working-class family in New York City, Marie-Yves credits her personal experiences and upbringing for her ability to be empathetic and effective with all of her clients. Marie-Yves is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Federal District Court.
Spence-Chapin is a licensed and accredited nonprofit organization offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years. Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Our mission is driven by the belief that every child deserves a family.
Spence-Chapin focuses on finding permanent homes for children who need families; promoting the understanding of adoption through counseling and public education; and improving adoption's image and practice. Through our post-adoption support services and community programs, we help each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. Spence-Chapin's roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who independently established nurseries out of concern for homeless infants abandoned in hospitals and shelters.
Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the wellbeing of birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!
You Gotta Believe (YGB) exists for one reason... to work toward the day when no young person leaves foster care without the unconditional lifetime commitment of a family. Our goal is for every kid to experience love, hope, and a sense of belonging. We recruit parents, train and certify families, and provide crucial ongoing therapeutic support services to families. We believe no child should leave the foster care system without a lifelong support network in place (family). Everyone deserves a family – and that family is a critical element to human health and prosperity. That's why we ask all parents to make an unconditional lifetime commitment to their child. In turn, we make an unconditional commitment to always be there to support our families.