Conference Policy Information

AFFCNY's 30 annual foster care and adoption conference

 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


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Registration Polices and Information

Please note that the Coalition has made changes to the membership inclusion policy. In previous years, the Coalition offered a two-tier conference registration fee structure dependent on current membership status. In an effort to be more relevant and inclusive, the Coalition has changed its by-laws and abolished distinct monetary requirements for membership.

The Coalition will continue to offer a discount, as it has in the past, but this discount is based on date of registration.  Specifically:

Early Bird Registration   Open Registration   Late Registration
April 1 through April 21   April 22 through May 20   May 21 through conference
Two day: $200   Two day: $220   Two day: $250
Friday only: $120    Friday only: $130   Friday only: $140
Saturday  only: $120    Saturday only: $130    Saturday only: $140

Registration fees include: all instructional materials, refreshment breaks, Friday and Saturday breakfast,  Saturday boxed lunch, and any other scheduled conference activities for the two-day conference. We have also included all hotel parking fees in the registration pricing.

Other fees apply to Thursday’s Pre-Conference events and continuing education credits.  Friday’s lunch and dinner are not included.

A limited number of Conference Scholarships are available.  Scholarship information and applications can be found here.

Accommodations: The Conference will be held at the Hilton Albany Hotel. Conference attendees receive a special discounted room rate of $113 plus applicable taxes (reservation code 4AFFC). The hotel must receive reservations no later than May 3. Reservations made after this date will be subject to availability.

Contact the Hilton Albany In House Reservations Line at 518-427-3030 and reference the code, 4AFFC,  in order to book under the agreed-upon group rate. If you are aware of anyone looking for a room after the cutoff date please have them contact Valerie directly at 518-427-3038.  

Hilton Albany | 40 Lodge Street • Albany, NY 12207| 866-691-1183

Social Worker CEUs are available this year through a partnership arrangement with Ackerman Institute for the Family. Two and a half Credits are available for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) who attend both Part I and Part II of the Friday workshops, “From Placement Through Adoption: Attachment Bonds, Loyalty Binds, and Questions of Identity” AND “Ecological Approaches to Trauma and Wellness.” Attendees wishing to earn these MSW/LCSW credits should indicate so on their registration form and pay an additional fee of $50.

Certificate of Training Attendance:  A Coalition certificate of attendance documenting the hours of training attended is available for all upon request after the conference.

Cancellation Policy: A $50 administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations. The balance of the registration fee will be refunded if written cancellation is received by Friday, 5/24.  NO refunds will be issued after the conference. Any registration may be transferred to another person with advance notice to the Coalition. Please note that we must bill for no-shows. Agencies are responsible for paying purchase orders for any no-shows. Scholarship recipients that fail to show up will also be invoiced for any costs incurred.

Please calculate registration fees carefully! Any overpayment will be considered a donation to the Coalition.

ALL registrations must be made online. Do not fax, mail, or email any registrations.  If you are having difficulty registering online or need help, please contact us at 646-688-4321.

Please register online before Monday, May 27.  No advance registration can be accepted after Monday, 5/27. After this date, registrations can only be accepted at the door.

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