Advocacy and Policy Issues

Governor Cuomo: VETO S4203A | A2199A!

We implore New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to VETO S4203A / A2199A the supposed “Preserving Family Bonds Act”. Mediation and support preserves family bonds. A court order does not! This bill, if signed into law, will unfairly subject adoptive families to years of ongoing legal expense and undeserved intervention

OBC Access restored in NYS

OBC ACCESS RESTORED!

On June 20th 2019, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill that ends 83 years of secrecy over the original birth certificates (OBC) of adult adopted persons. Coalition staff was on hand in Albany to see it through.

#PlayFairWithFosterCare

New York State has a decision to make: Will the state fight the foster families who provide homes and care for the children in the state’s custody? Will the state accept that foster families are entitled to reimbursement for providing basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter for the children in the state’s care?

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Join the Forget-Me-Not Blue Hat Campaign!

A Forget-Me-Not Hat is a handmade blue hat created to remember children in foster care and those who have been adopted. Launching in time for National Adoption Awareness Month in November 2018 and continuing through the end of National Foster Care Month in May 2019, our goal is to raise awareness about the needs of foster and adoptive youth and families. The hats will be distributed to children and families at the beginning of the 2019 fall season.

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.

Federal Bill H.R. 2731/S.1554: The Adoptee Citizenship Act

The bipartisan bill would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, from receiving U.S. citizenship despite being raised by American parents.

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.

New York State Bill A8313/S6518: “Subsidy Revocation”

Authorizes the social services department to terminate the subsidies that may be provided to a parent who adopts a disabled or hard to place child under certain circumstances, most specifically, determined to be “lack of support”.