Downey Side, Inc.

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100 Underhill Street
Yonkers, NY 10710
United States

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Monday Closed
Tuesday 9 AM-3:30 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-3:30 PM
Thursday 9 AM-3:30 PM
Friday 9 AM-3:30 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

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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