The Coalition’s 30th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference will be held on Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, New York
For three decades, the Coalition’s annual statewide conference has provided an opportunity for foster, adoptive and relative care parents to join with professionals to be inspired, network and learn about the latest in the field.
Aimed at parents and professionals alike, the conference brings leaders in the child welfare field to New York and offers a variety of topical workshops designed to deepen the knowledge of attendees, make connections to other parents and professionals and give attendees tools they can bring home and share in their community. Nationally-known plenary speakers and workshop presenters share their knowledge and expertise to help participants gain perspective, increase skills, and learn to appreciate the positives.
Conference Theme for 2019
Transitions and Connections: Moving Forward on the Journey and Building Community Along the Way
Connection is essential to our survival. Our ability to connect is one of things that make us human. And yet, in ways big and small, our system devalues or dismisses connection.
Most of this plays out in the transitions that mark foster care and adoption. Each day, we see children moving from one home to another, from one family to a new one. Foster parents morph from temporary caregivers to permanent families. Permanency goals change from reunification to adoption and sometimes back again. Birthparents and foster parents alike grieve the connection to children long gone from their day-to-day lives. Caseworkers and agency personnel leave or are reassigned. Laws and policies are updated. Relationships move in new directions. Contact with biological family becomes more restricted or more open and then reverses. Youth age out of the foster care system. Children grow and their needs change.
As we move toward the priority of family-based care and kinship-focused policies featured in the Family First Prevention Services Act, the Coalition’s 2019 conference will highlight and explore innovative methods that value the connections children and adults make with others and that create a cohesive system of services to support effective, meaningful transitions for all young people and their families. We will focus on the human connections that ebb and flow between all parties in the adoption constellation; adoptive, foster, kinship, original, extended families and fictive kin. We’ll examine the ways we connect with others, share vulnerabilities, and, in turn, gain trust and openness from those in our lives.
Past Coalition Foster Care and Adoption Conference Archives
Find information about past conferences, access workshop materials, handouts and brochures, check out the pictures, or order audio versions of the speakers and workshops; explore the Foster Care and Adoption Conference archives here.
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