Fulton County Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents in New York

Adoptive Families of the Capital Region (AFCR)

Services Provided: The Adoptive Families of the Capital Region, Inc. (AFCR) is an adoption support group for adoptive families and individuals hoping to build their family by adoption.  AFCR hosts a variety of adoption education programs and social events in New York’s Capital Region.Individuals who have attended AFCR’s educational programs have increased their understanding of the complexities and lifelong aspects of adoption. Some of the topics presented in adoption education programs have included: how to adopt, openness in adoption, adoption and the schools, developmental issues, attachment issues, special needs adoption, and transracial adoption issues.  AFCR hosts social events for families and their adopted children which has included adoption cultural programs, playgroups, and outings for families.


Capital District DDSO -OPWDD

Services Provided: Family Support Services Coordinators are available at each of OPWDD’s regional Developmental Disabilities Services Offices (DDSOs) to help families access Family Support Services.  Family Support Services can help in times of crisis when a family member or loved one becomes ill, or when things get difficult at home for other reasons. Find out more information about these services and supports by calling your local Family Support Services Coordinator.  Support services may include: information and referral, family and individual counseling, recreation, after-school programs, support groups, transportation and specialized equipment and home modifications.  Other contact is Eugene Gardner.


 Capital Region Adoptive & Foster Family Support (CRAFFS)

Services Provided: CRAFFS is a support group for foster and adoptive parents in the capital region. We meet monthly for support group meetings, and for play dates and social events as well. CRAFFS also offers a babysitting co-op run through the group website. Visit us at www.craffs.com, or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CRAFFS for more information. This is a group for foster or adoptive parents in Fulton, Montgomery, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and surrounding counties. 


Parent Network of the Capital Region

Services Provided: The mission of the the Parent Network of the Capital Region is to provide parents with the knowledge, skills, resources and support to effectively advocate for their children and to facilitate productive relationships between parents and school districts for the benefit of students with disabilities.  Services offered offered free-of-charge include: Information on special education and disabilities, Individual advocacy and support for parents, parent support groups, referral and connections to professionals and other organizations, training and workshops, resource center with Internet Access and a quarterly newsletter.  See website for more information on specific services.

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