Please contact the Adoption Program at the e-mail address or phone number listed above for more information.
There is no cost to families involved in a Cortland County Department of Social Services adoption.
Private home studies are done on a fee-for-service basis.
Please contact the Adoption Program for more information.
Our adoption service is a collaborative process between Catholic Charities and the Cortland County Department of Social Services (DSS). We are not a private adoption agency, although we are available to provide information to those who are interested in learning more about adoption and those who are involved in the adoption process at another agency.
We help adopting families navigate and complete the adoption process, which includes working with DSS, the court system, attorneys, schools, medical providers, and other service agencies involved with the family. Information and referral for families or individuals considering adoption is also available.
Families participating in the adoption program have been identified by the Cortland County Department of Social Services as potential adoptive families, individuals already certified as foster parents, or are willing to become foster parents for Cortland County.
The Adoption Coordinator at Catholic Charities maintains regular contact with the adoptive family through home visits, phone calls, and court appearances. The partnership between the family, Catholic Charities and the Department of Social Services is very important to successful and timely outcomes in the adoption process. The process generally takes 6-12 months from placement to finalization. Catholic Charities will also provide post-adoption services for up to one year after finalization.
Catholic Charities offers fee-based adoption home study services for families involved in private adoptions or adoptions through another agency.