Lisa Gallina Alvarez

Deputy Director | 646-688-4321 X1023 Lisa is dedicated to working to improve the quality of life for families and children. She has over twenty years of working with families […]

Regional Permanency Resource Center

Statewide Post Adoption Support: A Vision Realized

Beginning in April 2019, the Coalition’s Adoptive and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE) will grow to serve four more counties – Madison, Cortland, Cayuga and Chenango.  In total, we will provide post adoption services through OCFS’s Regional Permanency Resource Centers.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month; #Just Listen

As the month progresses and we all have the opportunity to engage others in conversations about adoption, foster and kinship care, let’s make the effort to really listen to and elevate the voices of those most affected. We need to look to the input of adult adoptees; to recognize their journey, celebrate their experiences, and value their voice.

foster apretns speak casting call

Casting for Foster Care Documentary Training Film; Ithaca

We’ll be coming to the Ithaca area soon and are looking to continue doing short interviews with foster parents interested in speaking about their experiences. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form.

On Wednesday July 11, 2018, a House Committee added an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for FY2019. This "Aderholt amendment" mirrors the language in the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

The Coalition Opposing the Aderholt Amendment

The “Aderholt Amendment” would allow foster care and adoption service providers across the country to discriminate against both children and potential parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and marital status.

Job Openings at the Coalition

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York is growing. We are seeking a new team member! Click for full job description and how to apply.

29th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference

2018: Nurture and Heal

Nurture and Heal: Overcoming the Circle of Trauma and Taking Care of Ourselves, focused on exploring innovative therapies and methods to assist in accepting, expressing and healing trauma plus what parents in the trenches and those in the field can do to ensure that they get the support and self-care that they need and deserve.

Sarah Gotowka

AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist

John Colon

AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist

Trudy Kent

AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist

AGAPE – Hudson Valley

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.

AGAPE – Central New York

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.

AGAPE – Long Island

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.

take the 2017 parent survey

AFFCNY Parent Survey

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 […]

helping kinship care families find services they need


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 […]

Helping Families be sucessful in NY by finding the help they need


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 […]

Providing Support for Foster parents in New York State


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 […]


Jesus is a kind and sweet young man who would like a forever family to support him in his life and education journey. LEARN MORE about Jesus

National Voice of Foster Parents Youth Scholarship

National Voice of Foster Parents ( NFPA) Youth Scholarship

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.

Horatio Alger NY Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.


Resources, Programs and Awareness for College Students in Need

Unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY), individuals who do not have “fixed, regular and adequate” housing and who are “not in the physical custody of a parent or adult.” have aspirations to attend college, yet lack the support and awareness of resources needed to move their dreams into reality.

College Scholarships For Minority Students

College Scholarships for Minority Students

Helping minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice and discussing, in detail, minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students.

NYC college assistance

New York City College Line

NYC College Line will help you stay organized from exploration to graduation. The site was created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, NYC DOE, and Goddard Riverside.

Scholarships Available For Black Students

Scholarships Available For Black Students

This web site was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations.

foster care to success scholarships

Foster Care to Success Scholarships

All Foster Care to Success scholarships share one application; we will determine the program(s) for which you are eligible based on the information you provide.

scholarship coach

The Scholarship Coach

The Scholarship Coach is a blog run by Scholarship America on U.S. News and World Report’s website for the purpose of educating students and parents about
scholarships; addressing common scholarship questions, as well as featuring special scholarships and dispensing valuable advice students should use to make their applications stand out.

foster parent college training

Online Training at Foster Parent College

Many agencies are affiliates of® and accept FPC course certificates for their parents’ annual training requirements. Check with you agency to determine their policy about FPC training.

One Place for Special Needs

One Place for Special Needs

Back to school guide for special needs families: Plan for your child’s school year now with articles for parents, teacher resources, visual supports, social stories, school rules and more.

Adoption and School Issues

Adoption and School Issues

A fact sheet for adoptive families helping you to understand how adoption affects children and how that can affect their learning and behavior in school.

Adoption 101

Adoption 101: Adoption Awareness Curriculum

This adoption awareness curriculum has been designed to help adoptive parent group leaders and others train child welfare, medical, legal, education, and mental health professionals, and other community members to be more responsive to the needs of adopted children and to work more effectively with their families.