Bronx County Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents in New York

Adoptive Families of Older Children, Inc.

Services Provided: A peer adoptive family support founded in 1992. Regularly scheduled peer counseling meetings to share resources and experiences, social and training events, children’s activities, and information and referral via phone and e-mail. Most members adopted children from the foster care system who can into their lives in middle childhood. Many are single parent, transracial families. Serves the NYC/New Jersey Metropolitan area.
Contact Person: Alan Bentz-Letts or Joyce Wilcox
Address: 365 W 28th St #10J, New York, NY 10001 Phone: 212-842-1751
Email: Alan BentzLetts@aol.com, joycecw120@gmail.com Website: http://www.adoptolder.org/

Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage

Services Provided: Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends in New York is a support group (2011) for NYC adoptive families with predominantly white parents and children adopted from the African American community, Africa, and the African diaspora outside the US. Main consideration is that for the full development of the identity of our children, family life is not enough and our children have to become part of the black community as well. We seek the help of friends, black friends (adopted or not), and black organizations. We are organizing regular educational meetings for parents and children and social gatherings with a focus on black culture. Contact us to participate and to volunteer.
Contact Person: Frank Ligtvoet
Address:176 State Street, Brooklyn , NY 11201 Phone: 917-624-2894
Email: ligtvoet@aol.com

Adoptive Parents Committee – NYC

Services Provided: Local chapter of large group serving NYC, LI, Hudson Region, and NJ. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers, panels and discussion groups. Pre and post adoption workshops available to members. Each chapter has a bookstore which carries an array of books and other materials covering topics on adoption and parenting. Family events including a picnic and holiday party are held throughout the year. Event schedule and meeting directions on website.
Contact Person: Barbara Pitkowsky
Address: PO Box 3525 Church St. Station, NY NY 10008
Phone: 212-304-8479
Email: Babsmomapc@aol.com, NewYorkCity@AdoptiveParents.org
Website: http://www.adoptiveparents.org

Alll Together Now Peer Support Groups for Adoptive Families

Services Provided: All Together Now (ATN) is a support organization for adoptive families. ATN offers fun, multiracial, and age-appropriate playgroups facilitated by adult and teen adoptees for adopted kids from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. A committee of adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and teen adoptees organize and put together the playgroups. ATN also provides a space for adoptive parents to gather, connect, and share resources. See website for meeting/event calendar, registration details, and meeting location.
Address: 176 State Street, Brooklyn , NY 11201 Phone: 718-624-2894
Email: info@alltogetheradoption.org Website: http://www.alltogetheradoption.org

Concourse Village Circle of Support

Services Provided: Concourse Village Circle of Support (CVCS) is a group designed for foster and adoptive parents to meet the second Wednesday of each month beginning in September, with the last meeting held in June. CVCS meets at Public School 70, 1691 Weeks Avenue, which is located between 173rd and 174th streets on Weeks Avenue, Bronx, New York 10457, from 6-8pm. Dinner is served and there are babysitters for the children. Normally we have an attendance of at least 60 persons. The group meets to obtain information, to share experiences, to network, and to build relationships.
Contact Person: Grace Zarate
Address: 2200 Tiebout Ave Suire 6B, Bronx, NY 10457-2328 Phone: 917-612-3120
Email: gz2200@hotmail.com

 FAPA at Abbott House

Services Provided: Parent led foster and adoptive parent group for families served by Abbott House
Contact Person: Bertha Patterson
Address: 1465 Nelson Avenue #1D, Bronx, NY 10452 Phone: 917-447-4890
Email: adina721@aol.com

Graham Windham Services Foster Parent Council

Services Provided: The foster parent council provides fellowship, information and an advocacy platform for Graham Windham’s foster parents. Meetings are held monthly in the Bronx and Brooklyn offices. If you have questions, ideas, or want to meet other foster parents, this group is for you!
Contact Person: Nicole Peacock
Address: 540 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Phone: 718-875-1167 ext. 363
Email: PeacockN@graham-windham.org Website: xxxhttp://www.graham-windham.org/get-help/for-current-foster-parents/foster-parent-council/

Latin American Parents Association (LAPA)

Services Provided: All-volunteer organization of families who have adopted or who are in the process of adopting children from Latin America. Assists those seeking to adopt children from Latin America, support before, during and after adoption. Meetings and social events, newsletter (“Que Tal?”) published 3 times a year. Annual Family Getaway weekend.
Contact Person: Andrea Quatrale, President
Address: PO Box 339-340, Brooklyn, NY 11234 Phone: 718-236-8689
Email: info@lapa.com Website: http://www.lapa.com

NAC Post Legal Adoption Network (PLAN)

Services Provided: New Alternatives for Children, Post Legal Adoption Network (PLAN) trains, assists and strengthens the capacity of families who have adopted one or more children with special medical needs. Through parent support and education groups, case management services, referral and advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling, PLAN helps to support and improve the well-being and functioning of adoptive families. Children receive services that help them cope with the dual issues of disabilities and adoption, including family, group and individual counseling and medical and mental health services. Adoptive parents of children with special medical needs are eligible to join PLAN regardless of where their adoption took place.
Address: 37 W. 26th Street, 8th Fl , New York, NY 10010 Phone: 212-696-1550
Email: plan@NacKidsCan.org Website: www.nackidscan.org/

OHEL Children, Home and Family Services Family Centers

Services Provided: OHEL’s Regional Family Centers and Offices are conveniently located in Brooklyn and Queens to meet the local needs of individuals and families.These centers provide a range of social services for individuals of all ages – from those in crisis or challenged by a developmental or psychiatric disability, to everyday individuals and families coping with the increasing challenges of everyday living. Agency service programs include family support groups, trauma services, mental health counseling and evaluation, crisis intervention, after school programs,training workshops, and foster care and preventative services. Explore the wide range of agency services on the website and/or contact OHEL ACCESS for details and specific program admission criteria. Live help available on line.
Contact Person: OHEL Access Confidential warm line
Address: 4510 16th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204 Phone: 1800-603-OHEL
Email: access@ohelfamily.org Website: www.ohelfamily.org

Rennicke & Associates Monthly Adoptive Parent Group

Services Provided: Monthly, therapist facilitated, parenting group providing a space for adoptive parents to get practical information, feel validated and create community with other parents who “get it”. Come join other parents who “GET IT” and receive practical skills and support that aim to increase your confidence and put some fun back into family life! This group is open to all adoptive parents, regardless of if you are a current R&A client or not. $75.00 cost per session.
Contact Person: Daniela Tuda, Intake Coordinator
Address: 530 Broadway 4th Floor, New York, NY Phone: 212-337-3564
Email: info@rennickeassociates.com Website: www.rennickeassociates.com

SHARE Family Support

Services Provided: Share Family Supports provides monthly foster and adoptive support group meetings: respite child care while parents attend our meetings; advocacy, resources and information to help families; and youth group activities as part of our respite services.
Contact Person: Antoinette Sumter-Cotman
Address: 119-29 130th St, Ozone Park, NY 11420 Phone: 917-387-0195
Email: ascoznprk@aol.com

Spence-Chapin Modern Family Center

Services Provided: Spence-Chapin provides services for parents of teens, tweens, adopted children and children with special needs; adult, teen, tween, and child adoptees; families formed through ART, surrogacy, adoption, and families brought together through remarriage. Offers consultations, counseling, support groups, referrals, programs for kids and teens, parent workshops and trainings for professionals. In addition, social workers can prepare profiles for birth parents and background narratives for adoptees. Spence-Chapin is committed to being available to you at all points in your adoption journey.
Address: 410 E 92nd St, New York, NY Phone: 646-539-2167
Email: info@modernfamilycenter.org Website: www.modernfamilycenter.org

You Gotta Believe! Parent Support Groups

Services Provided: Agency facilitated support and discussion groups open to all families in all five boroughs and Long island. See website for meeting times and locations. http://yougottabelieve.org/get-learning/support-groups/ . Also has Radio support group every second Sunday of the month. Adoptive parents facilitate a discussion about parenting teens, field calls and emails from parents, and have expert advice for dealing with even the most challenging situations. See http://adoptingteensandtweens.com/ for more information.
Address: 3114 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224 Phone: 718-3772-3003
Email: info@yougottabelieve.orgWebsite: http://www.yougottabelieve.org/

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