foster apretns speak casting call

Casting for Foster Care Documentary Training Film; Ithaca

We’ll be coming to the Ithaca area soon and are looking to continue doing short interviews with foster parents interested in speaking about their experiences. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form.

Ali Palmatier

AGAPE Hudson Valley Director | 845-679-9900 X1013 Ali Palmatier has worked in the child mental health field for 15 years. Her professional experience, especially at the Astor Services for Children & […]

FREE workshop series for adoptive and guardianship parents raising children with adverse childhood experiences or difficult past histories.

Reframing Parenting Series; Suffolk

Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and 11/10 at the Kids Need More offices at 600 Albany Avenue, Amityville, New York

Adult Adoptee Support Group

Now meeting on the following dates: 10/12, 12/13 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Just Be Cause Not-For-Profit Development Center located at 1013 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Reframing Parenting Series; Chemung

Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13 and 10/20 at the Higher Hope Church on 356 Maple Street, Big Flats, NY.

Reframing Parenting Series; Broome

Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 and 11/27 at the First Baptist Church of Whitney Point at 2938 US Hwy 11, Whitney Point, NY

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.

Susan Grundberg

Advisory Committee Beginning as a foster care caseworker in 1989, Susan has spent nearly 30 years in the field and successfully conceived of and implemented system and organizational reforms. […]

New Opportunities at the Coalition

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York is growing. We are seeking a new team member to be the Hudson Valley Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Program Director working out of our New Paltz, New York offices. Click for full job description and how to apply.

29th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference

2018: Nurture and Heal

Nurture and Heal: Overcoming the Circle of Trauma and Taking Care of Ourselves, focused on exploring innovative therapies and methods to assist in accepting, expressing and healing trauma plus what parents in the trenches and those in the field can do to ensure that they get the support and self-care that they need and deserve.

Alyssa Tullin

Financial and Administrative Coordinator | 646-688-4321  X1024 Prior to joining the Coalition team, Alyssa was the Office Manager at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston.  Alyssa loves working […]

Mandy Caughey

AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist | 607-272-0034  X1016 Mandy was adopted from Seoul, Korea at 5 months old and grew up in Ithaca, NY.  She was painfully shy as a […]

Michelle Iannotta

MSW Intern; Adephi University   | 845-679-9900  Michelle is an MSW intern from Adelphi University completing her second-year placement. She completed her first-year placement working with adults with a mental […]

Veto A5036B

Your Help is Needed

500 Postcards to the Governor A5036B, the “bad” adoptee rights bill, was passed by the state Assembly and Senate in June, but has still not been sent to Governor Cuomo for […]

Sarah Gotowka

AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist | 607-272-0034 X1018 Sarah Gotowka is a visual artist currently living in Trumansburg. She is adopted Korean-Polish-Italian-American, and grew up in the suburbs […]

register for coalition events

Sign Up and Register for Coalition Events

Throughout the year, the Coalition will host events and trainings throughout the state. Currently, registration is open for: Parents of Adopted Teens and Adopted Teens Support Group DATE: Thursdays;  9/13 […]

2017 Adoption and Foster Care Conferences

2017: Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? took a look at the intersection of family, identity and culture which is central to adoption, foster care and kinship care. Featuring Dr. Ruth McRoy, Kim Stevens, Susan Harris O’Connor, Andrew Solomon, Jelani Freeman and The Good Adoptee!

Danielle Skelly

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist | 631-598-1983 X1020 Danielle is the mother of ten; four biological and rest though adoption. She is a staunch advocate for all children.  Danielle spent eight years […]

John Colon

AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist | 845-679-9900 X1008 John Colon has only just come aboard with the Coalition as of May 2017,  however, he has been serving families […]

Richard Lefebvre

Administrative Coordinator | 631-598-1983 X1012 Richard is fluent in all things technology. Serving as the Administrative Coordinator,  he is helping the Coalition navigate the modern era of technology and […]

Trudy Kent

AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist | 845-517-3335 Trudy obtained Master in Social Worker at Hunter School of Worker, New York and has experience with working and advocating children and families in foster care. […]

Andrea Marinelli

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist  | 631-598-1983 X2021 Andrea Marinelli has been a Certified Foster and Adoptive Parent in Suffolk County since 2003. After three years of infertility treatments and wanting […]

hudson valley post adoption support

AGAPE – Hudson Valley

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

Serving Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.

AGAPE – Southern Tier-Finger Lakes

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.

Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties in collaboration with Long Island Families Together

AGAPE – Long Island

A free support, information and educational program open to all adoptive families post adoption and relative kinship caregivers who have custody or guardianship of children in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Feature Keynote Speakers AFFCNy Foster Care and Adoption Conference

Featured Keynotes

The Coalition is honored to have Andrew Solomon, Susan Harris O’Connor, Kim Stevens, Ruth McCoy and Jelani Freeman featured as keynote speakers for the 2017 New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference.

2017 Adoption and Foster Care Conference Schedule

Workshop and Event Schedule

Exploring the Impact of Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care on Identity The Coalition’s 28th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference will be held on Thursday, May 11 – Saturday, […]

AGAPE Referral Forms

Get help now; fill out the online referral form below.  Agencies and organizations can refer families to the program or families can request assistance themselves. The AGAPE referral form can […]

Families Deserve to be Strong

Our Building Strong Families initiative serves to incorporate practical resources and advocacy tools via our web platform including advocacy efforts that will occur in New York.

take the 2017 parent survey

AFFCNY Parent Survey

We would appreciate your taking the time to complete our 2017 Parent Survey. It is open to all adoptive parents, foster parents or relatives providing kinship care for children in […]


CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative

Through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP Initiative are eligible for enhanced services and financial support including CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance, and other financial supports.

helping kinship care families find services they need


How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Angie* is a grandmother who was in a two-year struggle to gain guardianship of her grandsons Michael* and Jeremy*. Months earlier, Angie had moved […]

Helping Families be sucessful in NY by finding the help they need


How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Rosa* wanted some advice about how she could adopt Monica*, age eight, and Louisa*, age six. Rosa was their foster parent. She had a […]


How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Sam* was born three months premature and had been with Angie* since he was five weeks old. After foster parenting for eight months, Angie […]

Providing Support for Foster parents in New York State


How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Ellen* was one of the foster parents awarded a scholarship to the Coalition’s New York Foster Care and Adoption Conference this year. She was […]


How the Coalition Helps Families ELLENBETHSAMROSAANGIE Beth* called the Coalition’s HelpLine on a Thursday looking for information on how to search for biological family including her birth mother and known […]

foster care cruelty what would you do

Perpetuating Foster Parent Stereotypes

As people who care about children in care, as allies and as foster parents ourselves, we have to speak up each time one of these stereotypes about us gets thrown about.

2016: Changing Landscape

Changing Landscape, the 2016 New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference presented by the Coalition focused on emerging trends and recent legislation that will transform the practice of foster care and adoption in the coming decade.