Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc

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62 Bowman Avenue
Rye Brook, NY 10573
United States

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Welcome to the home of Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. My name is Joy Goldstein, and FFTA is a New York authorized and Connecticut-licensed, non-profit 501c3, adoption placement agency and resource center located in the Rye Brook/Port Chester area of Westchester County only 35 minutes outside of New York City. FFTA was founded by my husband, Michael and myself in 2007, recognizing that every child has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing, secure and forever home.

After more than 25 years of helping to create "forever families" through adoption and over 2,500 successful placements through Michael’s law firm, we had earned a reputation within the adoption community for unsurpassed personalized service and operational excellence.

Services and information

  • Adoption
  • Other

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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Rhodri en Yvonne
Nov 12, 2022

We adopted our beautiful daughter with the help of FFTA. It was an international adoption. We are from Europe and we spent 8 weeks in the US (due to our daughter's prematurity).

Joy and the entire staff did an incredible job. They are amazing! At every step they were there to offer support, answer questions and hold our hand throughout the process.

For the legal piece, we had a fantastic partnership with attorney Michael from The Goldstein Law Firm.

From the first conversation, we knew we had made the right decision by choosing FFTA for our adoption process. They are all so caring, loving and compassionate!
They are still like family to us. We will be forever grateful to them and we recommend this agency to anyone looking for a Forever Familiy Through Adoption.

Rating: 5

Kyle Wilkie
Jul 26, 2019

The team of professionals at Forever Families Through Adoption are the most knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate people that work in the field.

As first-time prospective parents in the adoption process, there were so many unknowns. Joy Goldstein and her team took us through each step of the process and made themselves available to answer any questions that came up. Moreover, their expert hands guided us through the adoption process with care for our minds and are hearts.

We feel fortunate to have found such a perfect match with an agency that cares so deeply about birthmothers, children, and adoptive parents. It is so rare to find an agency like Forever Families Through Adoption. We are fortunate to feel as though they are now part of our extended family.

Rating: 5

C Eikemans
Jul 24, 2019

Forever Families Through Adoption has helped us to become a family of four, and we are forever grateful for everything they have done for us.
They were there for us every step of the way, and they made us feel as a part of their family. We couldn't have wished for a more involved and experienced adoption agency!

Joy and Michael Goldstein and their team are wonderful people and we can tell from experienced that they do everything in their power to realize their belief that every child has the right to grow up in a loving, nurturing, secure and forever home.

We can recommend any one looking for a reliable adoption agency to contact Forever Families Through Adoption. They are the best by far!

Rating: 5

deb calagna
Jun 25, 2019

Words cannot even begin to describe the joy our little daughter
brings to our lives - and we are forever grateful to you all for helping us get to live our dream!!

Rating: 5

Eline Peter
Jun 25, 2019

Adopting a child truly is a journey and you never know what you will find on your path. With FFTA supporting our journey, no hurdle was too high. They helped us with literally everything. Starting from how to get the paperwork done, to helping us deal with emotional situations (always a listening ear who truly understands what you are going through), giving practical tips about where to stay, where to do grocery shopping, where to buy baby stuff (we come from Europe, so this was extremely helpfull). We felt that the FFTA staff was always there for us and we could ask anything. They managed any situation very professionally. We did two adoptions with them and would recommend them to anyone who wants to adopt. We think they are the best support you can get for your adoption journey.

Rating: 5