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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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Siblings Together Forever

We are proud to say that our families fight to keep brothers and sisters together. It’s not uncommon for Downey Side families to take in two, three, or more, siblings at the same time. As you can imagine, this has a tremendously positive impact.…

America’s Youngest Hostages

The foster care system is hiding in plain sight all around you. That almost 500,000 children are without permanent, loving families isn’t a secret but how they live and what must be done to help them remains a mystery to most Americans.…

Families Take Many Forms

Downey Side began in 1967, when Father Paul Engel brought Brian Champoux, aged sixteen, into the home of Margaret Downey. With this act, Brian gained a permanent family and Margaret became a single mother, at the age of fifty-eight. We’ve…