State And Federal Government Offices
Council on Accreditation www.coanet.org
Responsible for the accreditation of adoption agencies for international adoption regarding the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (aka Hague Accreditation). Family Connections, Inc. has acheived Hague Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation.
New York State Office of Children & Family Services www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt
Sets New York State regulations regarding adoption, governs adoption practice, responsible for the oversight of adoption agencies, and places public children for adoption. The website provides a listing of authorized adoption agencies. Family Connections, Inc. is authorized as an adoption agency by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services.
New York State Department of State www.dos.state.ny.us (search for "apostille")
Provides information regarding the process for State authenication (aka Great Seal or Apostille) of adoption documents.
New York State Department of Health www. health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr.htm
Provides access for you to obtain a certified birth certificate and marriage certificate (for person born and/or married in Upstate New York).
New York State Department of Health http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/doh/home.html
Provides access for you to obtain a certified birth certificate for persons born in New York City.
New York City Clerk’s Office www.nycmarriagebureau.com/about/recordroom.html
Provides access for you to obtain a New York City marriage certificate.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.adoptuskids.org
Responsible for the national photolisting of public children available for adoption.
U.S. Department of State www.adoption.state.gov
Responsible for international adoption.
U.S. Department of State www.travel.state.gov/passport
Provides information and application materials to obtain a U.S. passport.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) www.uscis.gov
Responsible for the lawful immigration of foreign born orphans into the United States. The website provides information regarding the international adoption process and all required adoption forms are available on the site.