Michelle Iannotta

MSW Intern; Adephi University  michelle@affcny.org   | 845-679-9900  Michelle is an MSW intern from Adelphi University completing her second-year placement. She completed her first-year placement working with adults with a mental […]

Jennifer DeWitt

Director of Finance and Development jennifer@affcny.org | 646-688-4321 X110

Veto A5036B

Your Help is Needed

500 Postcards to the Governor A5036B, the “bad” adoptee rights bill, was passed by the state Assembly and Senate in June, but has still not been sent to Governor Cuomo for […]

Sarah Gotowka

AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist  sarah@affcny.org | 607-272-0034 X118 Sarah Gotowka is a visual artist currently living in Trumansburg. She is adopted Korean-Polish-Italian-American, and grew up in the suburbs […]

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Sign Up and Register for Coalition Events

Throughout the year, the Coalition will host events and trainings throughout the state. Currently, registration is open for: Reframing Parenting Series– Long Island DATE: Saturdays on 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 and […]

2017 Adoption and Foster Care Conferences

2017: Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? took a look at the intersection of family, identity and culture which is central to adoption, foster care and kinship care. Featuring Dr. Ruth McRoy, Kim Stevens, Susan Harris O’Connor, Andrew Solomon, Jelani Freeman and The Good Adoptee!

Danielle Skelly

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist danielle@affcny.org | 631-598-1983 Danielle is the mother of ten; four biological and rest though adoption. She is a staunch advocate for all children.  Danielle spent eight years as […]

John Colon

AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist john@affcny.org | 845-679-9900 X108 John Colon has only just come aboard with the Coalition as of May 2017,  however, he has been serving families […]

Richard Lefebvre

Administrative Coordinator rich@affcny.org | 631-598-1983 Richard is fluent in all things technology. Serving as the Administrative Coordinator,  he is helping the Coalition navigate the modern era of technology and keeping […]

Trudy Kent

AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist trudy@affcny.org | 845-517-3335 Trudy obtained Master in Social Worker at Hunter School of Worker, New York and has experience with working and advocating children and families in foster care. […]

Andrea Marinelli

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist andrea@affcny.org  | 631-598-1983 Andrea Marinelli has been a Certified Foster and Adoptive Parent in Suffolk County since 2003. After three years of infertility treatments and wanting so […]

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AGAPE – Hudson Valley

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

Serving Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.

AGAPE – Southern Tier-Finger Lakes

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.

Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties in collaboration with Long Island Families Together

AGAPE – Long Island

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Featured Keynotes

The Coalition is honored to have Andrew Solomon, Susan Harris O’Connor, Kim Stevens, Ruth McCoy and Jelani Freeman featured as keynote speakers for the 2017 New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference.

2017 Adoption and Foster Care Conference Schedule

Workshop and Event Schedule

Exploring the Impact of Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care on Identity The Coalition’s 28th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference will be held on Thursday, May 11 – Saturday, […]

AGAPE Referral Forms

Get help now; fill out the online referral form below.  Agencies and organizations can refer families to the program or families can request assistance themselves. The AGAPE referral form can […]

Families Deserve to be Strong

Our Building Strong Families initiative serves to incorporate practical resources and advocacy tools via our web platform including advocacy efforts that will occur in New York.

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AFFCNY Parent Survey

We would appreciate your taking the time to complete our 2017 Parent Survey. It is open to all adoptive parents, foster parents or relatives providing kinship care for children in […]

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CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative

Through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP Initiative are eligible for enhanced services and financial support including CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance, and other financial supports.

helping kinship care families find services they need

Angie

How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Angie* is a grandmother who was in a two-year struggle to gain guardianship of her grandsons Michael* and Jeremy*. Months earlier, Angie had moved […]

Helping Families be sucessful in NY by finding the help they need

Rosa

How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Rosa* wanted some advice about how she could adopt Monica*, age eight, and Louisa*, age six. Rosa was their foster parent. She had a […]

Sam

How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Sam* was born three months premature and had been with Angie* since he was five weeks old. After foster parenting for eight months, Angie […]

Providing Support for Foster parents in New York State

Ellen

How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Ellen* was one of the foster parents awarded a scholarship to the Coalition’s New York Foster Care and Adoption Conference this year. She was […]

Beth

How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Beth* called the Coalition’s HelpLine on a Thursday looking for information on how to search for biological family including her birth mother and known […]

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Perpetuating Foster Parent Stereotypes

As people who care about children in care, as allies and as foster parents ourselves, we have to speak up each time one of these stereotypes about us gets thrown about.

2016: Changing Landscape

Changing Landscape, the 2016 New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference presented by the Coalition focused on emerging trends and recent legislation that will transform the practice of foster care and adoption in the coming decade.

College Scholarships for Adoptees

More College Scholarships for Adoptees

Many of these scholarships cover tuition cost, living expenses, care packages, and online mentorship. These scholarships are available to first-time college students and adoptees that are currently enrolled in college. Please read the guidelines to each scholarship for details.

New Opportunities at the Coalition

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York is growing. We are seeking a new team member to be the Hudson Valley Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Program Director working out of our New Paltz, New York offices. Click for full job description and how to apply.

Jesus

Jesus is a kind and sweet young man who would like a forever family to support him in his life and education journey. LEARN MORE about Jesus