Because Open Seas plans to limit its focus to the placement of foreign-born orphans with adoptive families in New York, the Agency will not offer services to New York State birth families. Our commitment is to the adoptive families of New York, and their newly adopted foreign-born children.

In the language of the Hague Convention, Open Seas will initially function as an “Exempt Provider,” and within a year and a half to two years of commencing operation will function as a “Primary Provider.” As an Exempt Provider the Agency’s services shall include adoption preparation and training, home study preparation, and post-adoption services, including on-going counseling, as needed, and parent support and training.

Later as a Primary Provider Open Seas shall ensure the provision of all six Hague- defined adoption services, including (i) identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption; (ii) securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption; (iii) performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent, and reporting on such a study; (iv) making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child; (v) monitoring a case after a child has been placed with a prospective adoptive parent until final adoption; and (vi) when necessary because of disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement.

Our delivery method shall emphasize dialogue and personal service in a one-on-one, face-to-face setting. Our Web site and e-mail address are intended to supplement rather than substitute for direct, personal and frequent human contact between the Agency on the one hand, and prospective adoptive parents and adoptive families on the other hand.