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Your donations are critical to our mission. Contribute once or regularly to help us build more families.

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Give

Your donations are critical to our mission. Contribute once or regularly to help us build more families.

Join

Become part of our community. Discover what becoming an adoptive parent is like. Receive our newsletter and learn about upcoming events.

Share

Engage with us on social media and help broaden our reach and impact.

The Imperative

There are nearly half a million children in foster care across the United States. Less than 3% will ever graduate from college. 25% will be incarcerated within 2 years of aging out. Shuffled from home to home, they never find the safety and permanence of a real family. Downey Side advocates for children aged 7-17 and sibling groups, the least likely to be adopted and the most at risk.

Growing Families for Over 50 Years

From our offices in New York and New Jersey, we help families in those states give loving homes to children from across the country. We have placed children from approximately 75 jurisdictions in different regions of the US. As both an adoption agency and an advocacy group we strive to better individual lives and raise awareness to drive large-scale solutions.

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Resources

National Adoption Month — How you can help

It’s National Adoption Month. But you don’t have to adopt a child to help out. (Of course, it’s beyond wonderful if you can.) Anything you do to support Downey Side’s mission is an enormous contribution. Because Downey Side is a lean,…

Why teens and tweens?

“And I could hear the system’s clock ticking. I knew that the older I got the less likely I would be adopted. Everyone wants cute. Everyone wants a blank slate. And as my case file began to overflow with problems, I could feel my value shift.”…

Follow The Money

Summer is here! And it brings with it the annual Downey Side Gala. We’ll be celebrating on June 23rd at the Lobster Shanty in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and online, too. It’s a great night of cocktails and wonderful food by the water with…