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.
As the month progresses and we all have the opportunity to engage others in conversations about adoption, foster and kinship care, let’s make the effort to really listen to and elevate the voices of those most affected. We need to look to the input of adult adoptees; to recognize their journey, celebrate their experiences, and value their voice.
Open to all Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families in the Area The Coalition’s newest Parent Support Group is off to a great start. With two successful meetings under their belt, […]
by Lisa Aguirre
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by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Wednesday November 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Beverly J Martin Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo St, Ithaca
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at the Starr Library located at 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Sunday November 18th, 2018 at the ADOPTIVE PARENTS COMMITTEE 38th Annual Conference happening at St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
November 14th, 2018 at 6:30PM at The Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central Terminal
By Nicole Chung
November 3th, 2018 Delaware and Otsego Parent Support Group Meeting Training; Circle of Trauma, held at the Delhi Public Safety Building located at 280 Phoebe Lane, Delhi, NY
Thursday, October 25th, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at SILO located at 755 Waverly Avenue, Holtsville
Monday, November, 19th 2018 at 6PM | Meeting topic: Holiday Stress: Theirs and Ours | Suffern Free Library
| 210 Lafayette Avenue in Suffern
Saturday, December 15th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Kids Need More, 600 Albany Avenue, Amityville
Monday, November 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Kids Need More, 600 Albany Avenue, Amityville
Saturdays, 10/20, 11/3* and 12/15 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church located at, 66 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY
Wednesdays 10/10, 11/7 and 12/5/18 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Parents meet at: Darmstadt Shelter, 40 Thomas Street, Kingston
Teens meet at: 17 Railroad Avenue, Studio 206, Kingston
Advisory Committee firstname.lastname@example.org Dwindell is currently the Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County. My 3 siblings were removed from our biological parents at 7 years old […]
by Valorie Schaefer and Josee Masse
by Cara Natterson and Josee Masse
Wednesday, November 7th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Adelphi University Hauppauge Education and Conference Center located at 55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Thursday, 11/15 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Higher Hope Church, 356 Maple Street, Big Flats, NY
Saturday, 10/27 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca
Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, and 11/26 at Dutchess County Community College on South 31 Marshall Road, Wappingers Falls, NY
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.
AGAPE Hudson Valley Director email@example.com | 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 & […]
Saturdays from 2:30 to 5:30 PM on 10/13, 10/20, 11/3 and 11/10 at Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72 at 133-25 Guy Brewer Blvd, Jamaica
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
by Jessica Sinarski
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 10AM to 12PM at the Howland Library at 313 Main Street, Beacon
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
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.
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
Saturday September 22, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3 1/2 E Main St, Canton, NY 13617
Monday, September 17 at 6pm at the Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY
Saturday, September 15th from 12 to 2 PM at Camp Earth Connection at 63 Hammond Hill Rd, Freeville
Wednesday, September 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Beverly J Martin Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo St, Ithaca
September 22, 2018 from 3 to 5 PM at the First United Methodist Church located at, 66 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY
Mondays on 10/15, 11/19, and 12/17 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, 302 West Buffalo St, Ithaca
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 4 to 6 PM at the Old Dutch Church on 272 Wall Street, Kingston
Wednesdays 10/3, 11/7 and 12/5 from 6:30 to 8 PM
Held at the Beverly J Martin Elementary at 302 West Buffalo St, Ithaca NY 14850
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 4 to 6 PM at the The Wullschleger Educational Building on 92 Huguenot Street, New Paltz
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 10AM to 12PM at the Thrall Library 11-19 Depot Street, Middletown, New York
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.
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Advisory Committee firstname.lastname@example.org 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. […]
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.
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.
Financial and Administrative Coordinator email@example.com | 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 […]
AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 […]
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Online Directory of Foster Care and Adoption Agencies and Services in New York State
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 […]
Children and adults prenatally exposed to alcohol show disabilities in social and adaptive function that persists throughout their life. This New York City Conference Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders held on […]
MSW Intern; Columbia University
MSW Intern; Adephi University email@example.com | 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 […]
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 […]
AGAPE Southern Tier-Finger Lakes Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 […]
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 […]
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!
AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist email@example.com | 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 […]
AGAPE Hudson Valley Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 845-679-9900 X1008 John Colon has only just come aboard with the Coalition as of May 2017, however, he has been serving families […]
Administrative Coordinator email@example.com | 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 […]
AGAPE Rockland Family Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org | 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. […]
AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist email@example.com | 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 […]
A free, confidential assessment, education, support, referral and brief counseling service available to adoptive and guardianship families, and to professionals who work with adoptive and guardianship families.