Albany County Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents in New York

Adoptive Families of the Capital Region (AFCR)

Services Provided: The Adoptive Families of the Capital Region, Inc. (AFCR) is an adoption support group for adoptive families and individuals hoping to build their family by adoption.  AFCR hosts a variety of adoption education programs and social events in New York’s Capital Region.Individuals who have attended AFCR’s educational programs have increased their understanding of the complexities and lifelong aspects of adoption. Some of the topics presented in adoption education programs have included: how to adopt, openness in adoption, adoption and the schools, developmental issues, attachment issues, special needs adoption, and transracial adoption issues.  AFCR hosts social events for families and their adopted children which has included adoption cultural programs, playgroups, and outings for families.

 Capital Region Adoptive & Foster Family Support (CRAFFS)

Services Provided: CRAFFS is a support group for foster and adoptive parents in the capital region. We meet monthly for support group meetings, and for play dates and social events as well. CRAFFS also offers a babysitting co-op run through the group website. Visit us at, or visit our Facebook page at for more information. This is a group for foster or adoptive parents in Fulton, Montgomery, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and surrounding counties. 

Family STAR

Services Provided:  A program initiative of Adoption STAR providing a full service post adoption support program including clinical counseling, support groups, nationwide post adoption contact correspondence services, and search and reunion services. Associated with  Tapestry Books, a premiere online source for adoption books and resources. See website for more online resources and articles, info about services and upcoming events. Albany 518-391-2515; New York City 917-470-9340; Syracuse 315-703-7511; Binghamton 607-330-2158; Rochester 585-672-5227; Poughkeepsie 845-457-4883

Helen Petel

Services Provided: Helen is an experienced and informed adoptive parent who led an adoption parent support group for many years.  Can provide information and support to potential and current adoptive parents. Has experience with special need, international and domestic adoption.

Joan Ann Miller

Services Provided: Joan is an experienced adoptive and former foster parent who was formerly a local parent group leader in Greene Cpunty.  She is willing respond to calls and emails, and provide information and support to other Albany County foster and adoptive families.

  • Contact Person: Joan Ann Miller
  • Address: 1 Bain Dr., Delmar, NY 12414
  • Phone: 518-945-2342
  • Email:

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