Advocacy and Policy Issues
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
The New York Times published an article regarding the controversial ‘Preserving Family Bonds Act” debate on their front page.. This is the Coalition’s response.
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.
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?
NEW YORK, NY: Almost a decade ago, Morrison & Foerster, acting pro bono, brought suit on behalf of the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (formerly the New […]
Ends discrimination of adoptees and restores access to an adopted adult to obtain their original birth certificate (OBC) from the state of New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
In general, the fight for Adoptee Rights in New York, and in many states around the country, centers on legislation to restore adult access to their original birth […]
Would allow family court judges the ability to order continued, prescribed visitation and/or contact between children and their birth parents after a parent’s rights have been terminated.
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”.
In July 2010, the Coalition filed a lawsuit against the State of New York to compel the state to reimburse foster parents for the actual costs associated with children placed in their as these costs are described in the Child Welfare Act.