Mary Louise Hartentein, of Syracuse, started her adoption organization 20 years ago. Adoptive families include those with fathers and mothers, single mothers or fathers, or two mothers or two fathers. They work on behalf of children both here and abroad.

Adoption S.T.A.R. is a non-profit, New York State authorized adoption agency specializing in identifying homes for infants who are at risk for entering the foster care system. Offers the experience of adoption, a full training curriculum, advocacy assistance and comprehensive resources on adoption. These services allow prospective adoptive parents and birth parents to explore all the adoption options and to receive the appropriate information and education necessary to access those options. Very accepting of all types of families. Sliding fee scale.

We are a national not-for-profit charitable organization that recruits foster and adoptive families for special needs children who have been waiting the longest for a “forever” family. We have brought together more than 6,000 children and families in our 37 years of service.

We are dedicated to finding adoptive families for America’s waiting children! We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the adoption process, registering a child with CAP, or our services. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, EST. Please feel free to contact us.

Children Awaiting Parents strives to match families with children. We search for homes that will bring out the best in our youths – families that can unconditionally love and support them, regardless of the parent’s or the child’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
585-232-5110 or 888-835-8802

Gregory A. Franklin is an adoptive parent, and a partner with Ashcraft, Franklin, Young and Peters, LLP, where he concentrates on adoption law. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a frequent lecturer and Author on adoption and ethics-related topics.
585-442-0540 ext 307

Provides information, education, referral and support on all aspects of adoption and foster care. Annual conference, trainings and support groups.


Provides adoption and legal services to prospective adoptive parents nationwide. This organization is committed to providing international adoption services with honesty, integrity and compassion. Leslie A. Margolies, Esq. is the Executive Director.

The Coalition is an advocacy organization for over 140 adoptive and foster parent groups throughout the state. We believe that every child has the right to a permanent, loving family. We will provide information and support to anyone interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent.

The Rainbow Babies vision is to provide a central area for general information on the many aspects of GLBT pregnancies and parenting. We will also provide space for parents or would-be parents to share their stories about their respective paths to parenthood.

The Rainbow Babies will be a place where we can learn and gather strength from each other as we move forward in becoming parents and providing a loving environment for the children we cherish so much. Contact Person: Angela Watson

Tompkins County DSS provides initial training, certification and home studies necessary for public agency adoption and foster care. We welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual couples and singles. Contact Judy Voorheis, Foster/Adoptive Homefinder