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All children need and deserve permanent, stable, loving families. Chenango County Department of Social Services is committed to ensuring that every child will know the love and caring of a permanent family.

Some children become available for adoption through the Department of Social Services when parents determine they are unable to care for their child/children and voluntarily surrender their child/children for adoption. Others become available when their parents are unable to make the necessary changes in their lives to keep their children safe. In those situations, Chenango County Family Court may terminate the parental rights of the child’s parents, freeing the child for adoption.

When foster children become available for adoption, they are often adopted by their foster parent(s). Whenever possible, it is generally in a child's best interest for their first placement to be their last placement. Therefore, the department attempts to identify families to provide foster care who are also willing to consider adoption.

Foster and/or Adoptive Parents are required to participate in MAPP (Model Approaches to Partnership in Parenting), a ten week program. The training is provided by staff of the department. For further information as to how to become a foster parent, please call 607.337.1564 or 607.337.1547.

For more information on Adoption:

Chenango County

Department of Social Services
County Office Building
5 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815

Hours: 8:30AM - 5:00PM (Monday - Friday)
Phone: 607.337.1500
Toll Free: 877.337.1501
Fax: 607.337.1525