In general, the fight for Adoptee Rights in New York, and in many states around the country, centers on legislation to restore adult access to their original birth […]
Children and adults prenatally exposed to alcohol show disabilities in social and adaptive function that persists throughout their life. This New York City Conference Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders held on […]
MSW Intern; Columbia University
MSW Intern; Adephi University email@example.com | 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 […]
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 […]
AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 607-272-0034 X1018 Sarah Gotowka is a visual artist currently living in Trumansburg. She is adopted Korean-Polish-Italian-American, and grew up in the suburbs […]
Throughout the year, the Coalition will host events and trainings throughout the state. Currently, registration is open for: Free Stress Reduction Workshop DATE: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 TIME: 6:00 PM to […]
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!
AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist email@example.com | 631-598-1983 X1020 Danielle is the mother of ten; four biological and rest though adoption. She is a staunch advocate for all children. Danielle spent eight years […]
AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 845-679-9900 X1008 John Colon has only just come aboard with the Coalition as of May 2017, however, he has been serving families […]
Administrative Coordinator email@example.com | 631-598-1983 X1012 Richard is fluent in all things technology. Serving as the Administrative Coordinator, he is helping the Coalition navigate the modern era of technology and […]
AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.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. […]
AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist email@example.com | 631-598-1983 X2021 Andrea Marinelli has been a Certified Foster and Adoptive Parent in Suffolk County since 2003. After three years of infertility treatments and wanting […]
A free, confidential assessment, education, support, referral and brief counseling service available to adoptive and guardianship families, and to professionals who work with adoptive and guardianship families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, […]
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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 […]
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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GMA’s segment of a live adoption reunion prompts a letter to the Senior Executive Producer.
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 […]
The Coalition’s Executive Director proposes five ways that we can better support New York’s foster parents.
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.
One of their most frequent complaints in adoption is the inability to find mental health care and ancillary service professionals who are adoption-competent – that is, who understand the unique issues associated with adoption.
What can we, as foster parents, relatives, adoptive parents and professionals do?
Download presenter’s workshop handouts from the Coalition’s 2016 Foster Care and Adoption Conference.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist
Foster and Kinship Care Specialist
AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Director
AGAPE Long Island-Rockland Director
AGAPE Hudson Valley Director
Administrative and Design Coordinator
Board of Directors
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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.
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.
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The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships to NFPA members whose birth, foster and US adopted youth wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college.