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


Conference Scholarship Applications are No Longer Being Accepted

We have a tremendous number of applications to review and are working our way through all the applications in order to award as many people as possible. We will notify recipients as soon as we are able.  Thank you for you patience!

The Coalition is again able to offer scholarships to those interested in attending our annual Foster Care and Adoption Conference.

There are two distinct types of support: Parents and Relative Caregivers and Child Welfare Professionals 

Conference Scholarship for Parents and Relative Caregivers

In support of building the Coalition’s network of parent support groups throughout the state as means to provide community support for foster, adoptive and kinship parents, sharing best practices, distributing information and promoting statewide advocacy for families, this conference scholarship includes conference registration and two nights accommodation at the Albany Marriott.

Eligible applicants include; 1) foster parents, 2) adoptive parents of children adopted from foster care or privately and 3) relatives who are raising children through foster care or direct custody.

Preference will be given  to new or less experienced foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers, parents who are members of parent support groups or networks, those who are interested in starting a parent support group or network in their area or those who play or would like to play a leadership role in their community, and parents of children with developmental disabilities. Applicants attending the Thursday Parent Leader Gathering and the full two day conference will also be favored.

Funding for these Parent Scholarships is provided by the Redlich Horwitz Foundation and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) 

Conference Scholarship for Child Welfare Professionals 

The Coalition is providing funding support for conference registration fees to caseworkers and supervisors of local social service districts, including the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), voluntary agencies and CASA staff.  Individuals who can attend both Friday and Saturday will be given preference.

Funding for these Child Welfare Scholarships is provided by members of the Coalition’s Board of Directors.

 To Apply for a Conference Scholarship 

Please fill in the the form below and submit when complete.  Applications are due  Saturday, March 31, 2018  Saturday April 7th!

Please do NOT register for the Conference while scholarship applications are pending.  Those not awarded scholarships will be given the opportunity to register during Open Registration period at the Early Bird pricing. 

Questions? Contact Amy Drayer at or call the Coalition’s main office at at (646) 688-4321 X1007.

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