Adoption S.T.A.R. (Support, Training, Advocacy and Resources), Inc.

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131 John Muir Drive
Amherst, NY 14228
United States

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DayHours
Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM
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Adoption STAR offers you a confidential, reliable, experienced, passionate and compassionate authorized and licensed non-profit adoption agency. At Adoption STAR we provide you with free orientations and individual consultations as you make a decision which adoption path to take. Additionally, the agency provides pre and post adoption counseling, educational classes, as well as child placement adoption services. The agency has over two decades of experience providing adoption services such as home studies, updates, child placements, post-placement, post-adoption support, expectant parent and birth parent support and counseling, and pre and post support for adoptive families. In addition, our expert staff is committed to assisting you in your adoption journey by offering you their support, knowledge, assistance, confidentiality, and most importantly, personalized attention.


Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Raising foster children is a rewarding and life-changing experience. You can make a real difference in a child's life, helping them on a path toward success.

Remember that fostering affects the whole family, so talk to your partner and biological children if you're considering this journey. Learn more about what to expect and ensure it fits your lifestyle. You must be healthy and have enough time and energy to care for a child and meet their needs. This is important for gaining foster parent approval because every child must have this foundation of support.

Each state has requirements for foster parents. In New York, applicants must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Live in a safe and stable environment
  • Have enough space for a foster child
  • Show financially stability
  • Prove that all family members are in good health
  • Pass a background check
  • Clear a home safety inspection
  • Attend required foster parent training
  • Complete the Home Study process
  • Provide a minimum of three character references

Foster families in New York can rent or own their homes. Adults can become foster parents no matter their marital or divorce status. All adults who are living in the home with foster children must pass the New York required criminal background check. Every adult must complete both state and federal background checks and undergo fingerprinting.

Interested candidates can make the first call to foster services and get the approval and licensing process started. Contact the New York Office of Children and Family Services (NYOCFS) or your local Department of Social Services (DSS). The first step after expressing interest will be to attend a foster orientation. Potential foster parents can learn about the approval process at the event and get questions answered by a foster child advocate.

The foster parent training requirement begins with pre-service training. After getting licensed, foster parents must participate in ongoing training and educational programs.


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