Regional Permanency Resource Center

Statewide Post Adoption Support: A Vision Realized

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.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month; #Just Listen

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.

Hey, Kiddo

National Book Award Finalist
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Delaware and Otsego Counties Support Group Meeting Circle of Trauma parent Training

Circle of Trauma Training; Delhi

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

Dwindell Feeley

Advisory Committee dfeeley@bbbsofrc.com 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 […]

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 ali@affcny.org | 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 group ithaca

Adult Adoptee Support Group Meeting

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 susan.grundberg@gmail.com 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 alyssa@affcny.org | 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 mandy@affcny.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 […]

Finding Help

Finding Help

Online Directory of Foster Care and Adoption Agencies and Services in New York State

Michelle Iannotta

MSW Intern; Adephi University  michelle@affcny.org   | 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  sarah@affcny.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 […]

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 danielle@affcny.org | 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 john@affcny.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 […]

Richard Lefebvre

Administrative Coordinator rich@affcny.org | 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 trudy@affcny.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. […]

Andrea Marinelli

AGAPE Long Island Family Support Specialist andrea@affcny.org  | 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 […]