Adoptions by VIDA, a not-for-profit international
founded in 1986, VIDA places children with families throughout the
world. In addition, VIDA serves the needs of children who wait through
international development programs. On April 1, 2008, the US joined the
Hague Convention and VIDA is recognized as an active participant.
has a history of international programs that span four continents.
Current programs include U.S. domestic, Russia,
Bulgaria, Taiwan (special needs only) , Philippines, Japan, China, Honduras and Armenia (special needs only). For certain
programs, for example Ethiopia, we
work cooperatively with other agencies. Although Guatemala is closed
for adoption, at this time, VIDA continues its development work there
VIDA is a not-for-profit international and
domestic adoption agency, founded in 1986. VIDA is HAGUE ACCREDITED for incoming and outgoing adoptions. We place children with
families throughout the world. To serve the needs of children who wait
or will remain in their home country, VIDA also has international
VIDA was organized in the early 1980s when a dedicated group of
professionals in social work, psychology, psychiatry and education
convened to plan a placement agency that would emphasize the child’s
needs first. The adoption program is designed to remain current with
the changing economic and social situations of children.
VIDA is licensed in New York State and New Jersey and works
cooperatively in all 50 states and many foreign countries. VIDA
successfully works with Americans living abroad, foreign nationals, and
military families throughout the world.
order to receive more information please complete and return the Background
Information Form: 1. for applicants living in the USA (Pdf form), or 2. for US citizens and foreign nationals considering the US infant or aiting children program (Pdf form). These forms can be filled out in Adobe Reader and emailed to VIDA or printed and fax to (518)
Through comprehensive adoption services, VIDA is
dedicated to studying and satisfying the needs of children of all age
groups: infants, toddlers and adolescents. Whenever possible we place
siblings together and have a unique program for special needs adoption.
Our focus is on placing children in families who offer a safe, secure
and loving environment to nurture the child’s potential. We accept any
child into our placement program provided adoption is clearly best for
VIDA is a full service adoption agency. Our
pre-adoption counseling, home study assessment, pre-placement,
placement, follow up, as well as providing ongoing support services.
VIDA works cooperatively with international regulatory organizations,
US citizenship and Immigration Services, the National Benefit Center,
and the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children within the
United States, recognized child welfare agencies abroad and central
In addition to celebrating the adoption of each
child, VIDA strives to address the needs of the many children who will
never have a permanent home and a loving family, through Health for
Life Programs. The importance of these programs cannot be
We educate and train caregivers, promote intervention programs which
offer counseling, sponsorship and promote medical care.
VIDA works with governmental and private child
care centers throughout
the world who try to meet the needs of children, often with limited
resources. VIDA assists by taking a leadership role in obtaining
charitable contributions and establishing appropriate programs for the
children. Many VIDA families actively participate in this work.
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Adoption Information Meetings
Adoption Information Meetings are held in the US
and in Europe. For more information contact VIDA's office and indicate
in your correspondence the most appropriate meeting place.
VIDA News and Events
Events by VIDA encourages participation by our families and
especially our adoptees. Special events are highlighted throughout the
year. As of 5/1/15 VIDA can now accept credit and debit charges on VISA and MasterCard
Getting Started with VIDA
You undoubtedly have questions about VIDA and how
we will address your interest in adoption or volunteer work. Contact us
directly by email
or phone us at (518) 828-4527. When you are ready to consider adoption
please email to VIDA the completed Background Information Form (see
above to download). This is a Pdf document in which you can type
your answers, save and email to VIDA.
If you wish to apply for an adoption please fill out the Application Form. Email to VIDA the completed Application Form.
This is a Pdf document in which you can type your answers, save and
email to VIDA.