Adoption in New York
Please note that our New York office is able to assist with home study services and
post adoption services only for America World Adoption families at this time.
AWAA-NY is licensed and Hague accredited in the state of New York to provide home study services for America World adoptions. Our office is located in Levittown, NY, but we are able to provide services for families living throughout the state.
The Home Study is a major part of the adoption process designed to help you, America World, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and the foreign government assess your ability to provide a loving home for an orphan. A home study is an assessment process that provides a written report that is a comprehensive picture of your background, current family life and how this new child will be integrated into your family. It is designed to be a non-judgmental, educational and fruitful process. Some of the topics discussed during the home study process are motivation for adoption, expectations regarding adoption: short-term and long term, attitude towards biological parents, type of child desired: age, sex, medical or emotional concerns, and attitudes of extended family and non-resident siblings. Your home study coordinator will also explore your values related to parenting, marriage, finances, spiritual beliefs, and child-care plans. These discussions will all take place during four face-to-face visits, one of which must be in your home. For residents in the state of New York, federal criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks and references will be obtained. You will need to provide a copy of your birth certificate, marriage license, financial information and medical statements for all members of the family. All of these items will be collected and reported in the home study.The AWAA-NY office is only able to provide social services for families who are using America World as their placement agency.
AWAA-NY also provides post adoption services for your adoption. Post adoption visits are vital to help an adoptive family adjust and transition as a new family unit. We will visit your family in your home to assess your transition and write a post adoption report. Each country has their own post adoption requirements. Your social worker will ensure that all agency and country requirements are met in your post adoptive reports. At a minimum you will be required to have at least two post adoption visits. In addition to post adoption visits and reports, we will be available to offer support and referrals for special services, education and/or trainings.
A Note from the NY Director of Social Services – Samantha Fuhrman, MSW
Hello from New York! I am truly honored to be a part of what God is doing in the world through America World. I earned my BSW from Cairn University, and my MSW from Bryn Mawr College. I have experience working in foster care, the homeless population, mental health, and as a family and children’s therapist. As a Christian social worker, it is my desire to serve God through advocating for those without a voice. I am awed by what God is doing for orphans through the obedience and faithfulness of his people, and believe that AWAA is a place where this is happening on a daily basis.
How to Begin
If you are adopting through America World, you will begin by completing an application online. Once your application has been approved and we have received your program agreements, Janet Woods will contact you to initiate the home study. For Post Adoption reports only the application fee is $50. Once the application is processed, Samantha will contact you and will work directly with you and your placement agency to ensure all requirements are met in your home study and post adoption reports. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Fuhrman.
America World - NEW YORK
Levittown, NY 11756
9 AM - 5 PM ET
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 166