PROVIDING ADOPTION SERVICES TO FAMILIES IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Please note that our New York office is only able to assist with home study services
and post-adoption services for America World Adoption families at this time.
America World Adoption - New York is licensed and Hague accredited to provide adoption services for America World families in the State of New York. Our office is located in New York City, NY, but we are able to provide services for families living throughout the State of New York.
New York Adoption Home Study Services
The home study is a major part of the New York adoption process designed to help you, America World, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and the foreign government assesses 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 America World Adoption New York office is only able to provide social services for families who are using America World as their placement agency.
New York Post-Adoption Services
America World Adoption - New York also provides post-adoption services for your adoption. Post-adoption visits are vital to helping an adoptive family adjust and transition to 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 its 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 adoption support and referrals for special services, adoption education and/or adoption training.
About Our New York Director of Social Services – Kristen Mallory, LMSW
As the Director of Social Services for the America World Adoption New York office, Kristen coordinates home study and post-placement services to families throughout the state
Kristen is a social worker has focused her career on services to families and children and feels fortunate to have worked with many families as they explore the unique challenges and joys of building their family through adoption. She joins America World with over 15 years of adoption experience, working with families through the home study process, directly overseeing intercountry adoption programs and supporting prospective adoptive families during referral and travel, as well as in the post-adoption period.
Kristen has worked with families adopting internationally and domestically and expectant mothers, as well as working with adoption and other human service agencies through their accreditation process in support of best practices and positive outcomes for families and children. She holds a BA in International Relations and an MS in Social Work, and lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter.
How to Begin Your Adoption Process
If you are adopting through America World, you will begin by completing an application online. Once your New York adoption application has been approved and we have received your program agreements, Samantha Fuhrman 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 Kristen Mallory.
America World - NEW YORK
New York, NY
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 166