Children At Heart Adoption Services, Inc.

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44 North Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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Children At Heart is a 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption agency, founded in 1995. We are approved in the State of NY and licensed in the State of NC to facilitate domestic adoptions for all US citizens living in any State. We also provide home study, and post-placement services for NY and NC residents.

Why Children At Heart was started.: While adopting our daughter in February of 1994, my husband and I witnessed the plight of the children we had to leave behind in the orphanage.  Knowing we could not adopt all of the world's orphaned children pointed us toward our own adoption agency.



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.

Ratings and Reviews

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5.0 / 5
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Joyce Choi
Jun 08, 2022

The absolute best!

Rating: 5

L. Fre
Sep 17, 2020

I honestly can say that I wholeheartedly recommend Children At Heart Adoption Services, Inc. without any reservations at all. Janice and Erica are like the Superwomen of adoptions in our eyes. They were so kind, encouraging, honest and patient - especially with the tons of questions and concerns we had along the way. They worked tirelessly for us and went WAY above and beyond what we would have ever expected. Our experience with them helping us add to our family through adoption was fantastic! Those women have true hearts for children, birthmothers and adoptive families. If I could give 10 stars I would!

Rating: 5