Downey Side, Inc.

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103 Washington Avenue , NJ
Lavallette, NJ 08735
United States

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DayHours
Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Downey Side helps each family adopt a child/ sibling group from various states and counties.

The Right Solution
The Value of Adoption to Young Lives
Downey Side helps families in New York and New Jersey adopt children from across the United States. Our focus is on distinct groups of children: older children (7-17), children of color, physically and emotionally challenged children, and sibling groups.

Downey Side’s Support for Adoption
There is plenty of confusing information surrounding adoption. We help you by demystifying the process, then preparing and certifying you and your family for adoption. We’ll introduce you to people who have been there—your most important source of knowledge.

Then we help you to search for children and facilitate your eventual family unification. We do not leave you ‘orphaned’ but stick with you throughout.

To augment the small amount, we receive from the contracting state or county, we charge a fee: $5,000 for a single-parent family and $7,000 for a two-parent family. (We are happy to discuss flexible payment arrangements.) Adoption requires teamwork and we are pleased to be part of your team.


Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

New Jersey offers excellent support and services for foster parents in the state. Let's take a closer look at what's offered.

Foster Parent Training

To become a foster parent in New Jersey, you are required to attend PRIDE training. There are three major components to the training including pre-service training, core training, and advanced and specialized training. Within the three components, you will learn skills in five essential competency categories:

  1. Nurturing and protecting children
  2. Meeting the developmental needs and addressing developmental delays of children
  3. Supporting the relationships between families and children
  4. Making safe and nurturing family connections that will last a lifetime
  5. Working as a member of a professional team

All licensed foster parents will also have access to many additional workshops, both in-person and online. This may be through e-Learning, webinars, home correspondence courses, or support groups and meetings.

Parent Support

Foster parents receive a monthly payment starting at $716, a clothing allowance, and health care coverage for the child in their care. The amount you receive varies, depending on the child's age and specific needs.

You may also be eligible for:

  • Childcare services while working or attending foster parent training
  • Special needs transportation reimbursement
  • Infant care items
  • Essential safety gear such as car seats and bicycle helmets
  • Flexible funds for child's special needs

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