Adoption & Children’s Services

“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.” -Leigh Anne Tuohy, adoptive mother of Michael Oher, as portrayed by Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side.


For more than 60 years we’ve been helping individuals and couples build their families through adoption. We understand the complex emotions and challenging choices families considering adoption face. That’s why we’re there every step of the way, from clarifying the options available to prospective parents to helping navigate the adoption process itself. We provide a full range of services for all members of the adoption triad—birthparents and adoptive parents, with the child at the center of everything we do. We counsel potential birthparents about all their options, conduct homestudies for adoptive parents in all three of our adoption programs, provide adoption education for parents in process, and provide post-placement services and referrals to community resources to ensure the best possible outcome for children and families. Our Adoption & Children’s Services Department has been operating continuously since 1953. Our many years of adoption work mean that we have had decades to build relationships with adoption attorneys, adoptive parent support groups, and other agencies providing placement services for babies and older children who need families. Our connections to the broader adoption community enable A&CS to continuously update our procedures to reflect the most current information in adoption law, research, and practice. We provide depth of experience combined with breadth of contacts. We are fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Services for Families & Children and we are an authorized agency with the State of New York. Our experienced, caring and professional staff of licensed social workers have expertise in the field of adoption, as well as family guidance and counseling. We are available to you seven days a week to answer your questions throughout the adoption experience. Our mission is to support you as you build your family through adoption.

FREE Adoption Orientations


Adoption & Children’s Services offers free monthly Adoption Orientations.  It is required that all pre-adoptive applicants attend one orientation before beginning the homestudy process.  These orientations are held in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at our office in White Plains. All dates are first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 PM: , October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st. Please call Reine Marie Lamarre at (914) 305-6877 or e-mail her at with any questions regarding orientations.

For more information regarding our adoption program, please contact: Mia Diamond Padwa, Director, at (914) 305-6847 or