Incorporated in 1975, the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (formerly the New York State Citizens Coalition for Children) was created to address problems in the state’s child welfare system.  These problems resulted in protracted foster care stays in what was intended to be a temporary system, but had, in fact, become the way of life for thousands of New York’s children. They also resulted in problems for parents who had adopted their children privately and were unable to access needed support services.

The Coalition’s activities to address these problems over history have been focused on:

  • Education and support for foster parents, adoptive parents and family members raising relative’s children, as well as professionals who serve these families and children
  • Parent Group Development and Support Services
  • Administrative and Legislative Advocacy
  • Recruitment of Families for Waiting Children


  • Angel in Adoption | Congressional Coalition on Adoption (2000)
  • Adoption Excellence Award (Support for Adoptive Families) | United States Department of Health and Human Services (2000)
  • Friend of Adoption | Adoption Resource Network (1998)
  • Child Advocate of the Year | Family Focus (1997)
  • Child Advocate of the Year | North American Council on Adoptable Children (1984)



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