Adoption Navigation Services

A helping hand for a healthy home.

Northern Rivers’ Adoption Navigation Services helps families formed through adoption and guardianship find necessary resources for the variety of issues and needs that arise after finalization.  Adoption Navigation  Services support adoptive and postguardianship families, empowering them for growth and enabling positive outcomes for all involved. Our workers have extensive knowledge and lived experience parenting children with emotional, mental health, and trauma-based needs. This program is funded through a grant from the New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

How We Can Help

Our adoption-knowledgeable professionals can provide families with:

  • An understanding the crises adopted children and youth in guardianship face, as well as  strategies to help parents with parenting challenges along with emotional support for navigating the complexities that adoptive and guardianship families face
  • A connection to services, providers, and trainings tailored to those who have adopted or who have children in guardianship care
  • Assistance in meeting the needs of youth so that the family can avoid out-of-home placements

Available Services

  • A helpline available is available by calling 518.426.2641 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and referrals
  • Case management to help families access services
  • Support groups for parents, currently done through Zoom virtual meetings
  • Activities for families both in person and through Zoom virtual meeting
  • Training opportunities for parents and professionals
  • Support to access appropriate educational needs
  • Referral to a local adoptive-sensitive practitioners  and clinicians who provide a variety of services to families who have adopted

Who Is Eligible?

Families who have an adopted child younger than age 21 still living at home or who have legal guardianship or a kinGAP agreement for a child younger than age 18 living at home and who reside in Albany, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, or Washington County are eligible for services.

Getting Started and Inquiries

Interested families should call our team at 518.426.2888, and we will be happy to talk about enrolling you in our program.

For more information on these services, call 518.426.2641 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are committed to responding to inquiries as quickly as possible.