Albany County Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents in New York

Adoption and Foster Support in Upstate New York

Services Provided: This is a group for foster or adoptive parents in Fulton, Montgomery, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and surrounding counties. We hope to be able to meet up and spend time with foster and adoptive families that may be able to offer some support to each other.

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.
Contact Person:Kim Penman
Address:  PO Box 603, Glenmont, NY 12077   Phone: 518-763-8019
Email:  Website:

Family STAR

Services Provided:  A program initiative of Adoption STAR providing a full service post adoption support program including clinical counseling, support groups, nationwide post adoption contact correspondence services, and search and reunion services. Associated with  Tapestry Books, a premiere online source for adoption books and resources. See website for more online resources and articles, info about services and upcoming events. Albany 518-391-2515; New York City 917-470-9340; Syracuse 315-703-7511; Binghamton 607-330-2158; Rochester 585-672-5227; Poughkeepsie 845-457-4883
Address: 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228  Phone: 716-639-3030
Email: Email contact form on website  Website:,

Helen Petel

Services Provided: Helen is an experienced and informed adoptive parent who led an adoption parent support group for many years.  Can provide information and support to potential and current adoptive parents. Has experience with special need, international and domestic adoption.
Address: 4114 Jockey St. Charlton, NY 12019 Phone: 518-882-6569

Joan Ann Miller

Services Provided: Joan is an experienced adoptive and former foster parent who was formerly a local parent group leader in Greene Cpunty.  She is willing respond to calls and emails, and provide information and support to other Albany County foster and adoptive families.
Contact Person: Joan Ann Miller
Address: 1 Bain Dr., Delmar, NY 12414 Phone: 518-945-2342

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