#PlayFairWithFosterCare

The Coalition’s President and Executive Director ask for your help Help Us Help Your Family In 2010, the Coalition sued the State of New York to compel the state to […]

Kathryn Doyle-Bunker AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist

Kathryn Doyle-Bunker

AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist
katie@affcny.org 
845-679-9900 X1007

Amy Drayer Director of Foster, Kinship and Parent Group Services

Amy Drayer

Director of Foster, Kinship and Parent Group Services
amy@affcny.org
646-688-4321 X1009

Ellen Earley AGAPE Central New York Family Support Specialist

Ellen Earley

AGAPE Central NY Family Support Specialist
ellen@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1027

Sarah Gotowka AGAPE Central New York Family Support Specialist

Sarah Gotowka

AGAPE Central NY Family Support Specialist
sarah@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1018

Ana Gundlach Administrative Coordinator

Ana Gundlach

Administrative Coordinator
ana@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1026

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.

Renee Hettich AGAPE Central New York Director

Renee Hettich

AGAPE Central new York Director
renee@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1015

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.

Michele Hochstetter AGAPE Central New York Family Support Specialist

Michele Hochstetter

AGAPE Central NY Family Support Specialist
michele@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1025

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.

Trudy Kent AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist

Trudy Kent

AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist
trudy@affcny.org
845-517-3335

Richard Lefebvre Administrative Coordinator

Richard Lefebvre

Administrative Coordinator
rich@affcny.org
631-598-1983 X1012

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.

Andrea Marinelli AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist

Andrea Marinelli

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist
andrea@affcny.org
631-598-1983 X2021

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.

Coalition’s Summer Book Read 2019

Please join us for the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York’s “Summer Book Read”! This year, we will be reading Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens together.

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.

Pat O’Brien Lead AGAPE Director

Pat O’Brien

Lead AGAPE Director
pat@affcny.org
631-598-1983 X1014

Tasha Ortloff Director of Operations and Development

Tasha Ortloff

Director of Operations and Development
tasha@affcny.org
646-688-4321 X1006

Susan Rausch AGAPE Central New York Family Support Supervisor

Susan Rausch

AGAPE Central NY Family Support Supervisor
susan@affcny.org
607-272-0034 X1017

Kylie Regan AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist

Kylie Regan

AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist
kylie@affcny.org
845-679-9900 X1008

Danielle Skelly AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist

Danielle Skelly

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist
danielle@affcny.org
631-598-1983 X1020

Alyssa Tullin Financial and Administrative Coordinator

Alyssa Tullin

Financial and Administrative Coordinator
alyssa@affcny.org
646-688-4321  X1024

Sharron Williams AGAPE Hudson Valley Director

Sharon Williams

AGAPE Hudson Valley Director
sharon@affcny.org
845-679-9900 X1013

John Colon

AGAPE Hudson Valley 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

Angie

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

Rosa

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 […]

Sam

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

Ellen

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 […]

Beth

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

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.

HOMELESS YOUTH AND HIGHER EDUCATION

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.