Disclosures

Upon initial contact, New Beginnings will disclose the following:

Upon request, New Beginnings will disclose the following:

  • Number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years
  • Number of placements that remain intact
  • Number of families who apply to adopt each year
  • Number of waiting children eligible for adoption.

To obtain this information please call our office at 516-747-2204

2016 New Beginnings Placement Report (PDF)

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal.

You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website.

FAIR HEARING

If the adoptive parent applicant is rejected or not been acted upon within six months of filing by the completion of an adoption study, he or she may request a State administrative hearing. The hearing must be requested within 60 days after the date of rejection of failure to act.

At such hearing, the applicant will have the right to counsel, or other representative, to produce witnesses and other evidence on his or her behalf. The applicant will be permitted to request the issuance of subpoenas, to cross examine witnesses, and to examine all the evidence presented against the applicant. If you wish a hearing, address your request to:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Special Hearings, 52 Washington Street, Room 322 North, Rensselaer, New York 12144

Social Service Law 424-a requires the authorized agency receiving the application to check the New York State Registration of Child Abuse and Maltreatment to determine whether the applicant is the subject of an indicated report of child abuse and maltreatment. If the applicant does not reside in New York State, the applicant will be subject to a child abuse registry check in the state he or she resides.

Social Service Law 378-a requires the authorized agency to complete a criminal history record check for a prospective adoptive parent or any other person over the age of 18 who is currently residing in the home. If the applicant does not reside in New York State, the applicant may be subject to a criminal history record check in the state he or she resides.

Non-Discrimination in Services. Admissions, the provision of services, and referrals of clients shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, or sex.

Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available. These methods include, but are not limited to, equipment redesign, the provision of aides, and the use of alternative service deliver locations. Structural modifications shall be considered only as a last resort among available methods.

Any client, adoptive parent or applicant who believes they have been discriminated against, may file a complaint of discrimination with the US Department of Health and Human Services or your state’s Human Relations Commission.