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

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 continuing to build the Coalition’s network of parent support groups throughout the state as a means to provide community support for foster, adoptive and kinship parents, sharing best practices, distributing information and promoting statewide advocacy for families limited scholarships are available. This conference scholarship includes conference registration and may include two nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Albany hotel. Due to a decrease in scholarship funding this year, individuals who live within 100 miles of Albany may not be granted hotel accommodations in their scholarship.

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, guardianship or 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 and those who play or would like to play a leadership role in their community.

Preference will also be given to parents who have never been afforded the opportunity to attend the annual conference and those who write a compelling paragraph as to why the scholarship would be beneficial for their family. Need will also be considered.

Applicants attending the Thursday Parent Leader Gathering and the full two-day conference will also be favored.

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) is no longer funding scholarships for parents of children with developmental disabilities, therefore the scholarship process will be more competitive than in previous years.

Funding for these Parent Scholarships is provided by the Redlich Horwitz Foundation.

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.

This scholarship covers only the Conference registration fees. Recipients are responsible for hotel accommodations and travel.

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

 If You Have Applied for a Conference Scholarship

All scholarship applications were due Monday, April 22nd. All parties who completed the applications have been notified via email at this time.  Please check your spam folders if you believe you have a pending scholarship.  If you were provided a scholarship code, please register by Friday May 10th.

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.

If, after submitting your registration, you do not land on a new page that says “Thank you!” then PLEASE go back to the form and fix the highlighted areas. Your scholarship application WILL NOT BE RECEIVED by the COALITION until it successfully gets submitted.   You WILL receive an email copy to the address you provided on your form.   Please check your spam folder. If you do not have an immediate email, then you did not successfully apply.

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