Wanted. Chosen. Loved. Adopted.

Children’s Aid and Family Services has been helping children who don’t have families able to care for them for over 120 years. We’ve placed more than 11,000 little ones with loving adoptive families and adoption continues to be a core part of our mission. We continue this life-changing work today and are seeking individuals interested in expanding their family through adoption. 

At Children’s Aid and Family Services, we believe families thrive when they have the support and resources they need. We offer a variety of services for families and individuals to help navigate this new terrain. Adoption is a life-changing experience for both the parents and children, and we are here for you every step of the way.

children awaiting adoption

“I trust John. He’s taught me things I didn’t know. I’m excited and relieved he adopted me.” 

Marcus, adopted at age 18

“I trust John. He’s taught me things I didn’t know. I’m excited and relieved he adopted me.” 

Marcus, adopted at age 18

“I trust John. He’s taught me things I didn’t know. I’m excited and relieved he adopted me.” 

Marcus, adopted at age 18

New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ ARCH)

The New Jersey Adoption Resources Clearing House (NJ ARCH) is a statewide one-stop adoption information and resource service for those touched by adoption.

NJ ARCH provides adoption advocacy, support, education, information, and resource services to adoptees, birthparents, adoptive and pre-adoptive families, families interested in adoption, and professionals and community members interested in adoption issues.

Services are provided via the NJ ARCH website, www.njarch.org and a toll-free Warm Line which is staffed 40 hours per week. The NJ ARCH Warm Line provides information, resources and an empathetic ear. Whether you need help with adoption issues, have questions about how to start the adoption process or just had a difficult day with your adopted child, you will receive a supportive reception when you call NJ ARCH.

Visit the NJ ARCH website or call the toll free number at 877-4-ARCHNJ or 877-427-2465.

“Jersie is a good kid and deserves the opportunity to be a part of a family and have a good future.”

Mya, adoptive mother

“Jersie is a good kid and deserves the opportunity to be a part of a family and have a good future.”

Mya, adoptive mother

“Jersie is a good kid and deserves the opportunity to be a part of a family and have a good future.”

Mya, adoptive mother

Post Adoption Counseling Services (PACS)

Post Adoption Counseling Services (PACS) are available to any family that resides in Bergen, Passaic, or Essex Counties and has an adopted child under the age of 21. Although the majority of adopted children adjust well to their adoptive status, there are a considerable number of children and families that face challenges that are unique to the adoption experience. Services include family and/or individual therapy, wraparound services and support groups.

 All of our clinicians specialize in the clinical concerns of adoption including, but not limited to: identity issues; loss and separation; curiosity about origins; and feelings of difference. There is no fee for any of the PACS services provided to families, and services are available in our Fair Lawn and South Orange offices. Contact the program director at (201)740-7124 for information.

“I would recommend adopting older children because they have such personality, and a rich history. They have so much to give; age should never be a factor in determining love for a child. It’s not really about what I’ve gained from becoming an adoptive father, but what I would have lost if I didn’t become one.”

Saul, adoptive father

“I would recommend adopting older children because they have such personality, and a rich history. They have so much to give; age should never be a factor in determining love for a child. It’s not really about what I’ve gained from becoming an adoptive father, but what I would have lost if I didn’t become one.”

Saul, adoptive father

“I would recommend adopting older children because they have such personality, and a rich history. They have so much to give; age should never be a factor in determining love for a child. It’s not really about what I’ve gained from becoming an adoptive father, but what I would have lost if I didn’t become one.”

Saul, adoptive father

Birth Parent Counseling

If you are considering adoption for your child, Children’s Aid and Family Services can help you review all your options and choose a plan which is best for you and your child. We provide services to Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties.

Our Services Include:

  • Free Confidential Counseling
  • Referral and Support Services
  • Participation in the Selection of Your Child’s Adoptive Family
  • Short-term Foster Care
  • Adoption Placement
  • Post-Adoption Services

Professional Guidance and Support

Confidential counseling services are available free of charge, before and after the child’s birth – regardless of your decision. As you begin to plan your child’s future, a case worker with Children’s Aid and Family Services will meet with you to discuss and explain your options and assist you in making an informed decision. Should you choose adoption for your child, trained professionals will help you address any emotional issues you may face. Counseling is also available for your parents and other family members.

For more information, please call Marcia Fisher at (201) 740-7038.

Birth Parent Support Group

The Birth Parent Support Group is a free support group that meets monthly for anyone who is thinking about placing a child for adoption or who has placed a child for adoption in the past. This group is also open to the birth parents’ family members. The group discusses issues of grief and loss that may arise as a result of this decision. For more information, call Marcia Fisher 201-740-7038.

Search and Reunion

Children’s Aid and Family Services, formerly known as Children’s Aid and Adoption Society, provides background and search services to adopted persons who are interested in obtaining non-identifying information about their medical and social histories, and/or who are interested in establishing contact with their birth families. The agency also conducts searches on behalf of birth parents who would like to meet the adult sons and daughters they placed for adoption through this agency or the Sister Mary Eugene Foundation, an agency that merged with Children’s Aid and Adoption Society in 1974.

People interested in these services can contact Gloria T. Smith, L.C.S.W., coordinator of the program, at 201-740-7135 or gsmith@cafsnj.org.