Fifty years ago, foster and adoptive families across the state came together to advocate for the needs of their families and the children. From this movement, the Coalition has grown into unites adoptive and foster parent groups, concerned agencies and individuals throughout the Empire State. We provide services to help support families and their children. We educate the public, legislators and government leaders about the needs and realities of foster, kinship and adoptive families. Finally, we collaborate with child welfare agencies and other groups to ensure that families are best able to support and parent the children in their homes.
You can help us by donating to the Coalition this #Giving Tuesday! The Coalition is participating in #NYGivesDay!
Double Your Donation!
All donations to the Coalition on #GivingTuesday will be MATCHED! So if you give $1, it will be $2. If you give $50, it will be be $100, if you give $500 it will be $1000! You don’t have to wait until the actual day either. You can give whenever you want, whatever you can.
Why Support the Coalition?
Families Need Help
Our foster care system is complex. Relatives who care for children often receive little support. Adoptive families cannot find meaningful, relevant support for themselves and their children.
Our programs fill an essential need:
Your support during #Giving Tuesday will help us sustain this support and grow to meet the needs of our state’s most vulnerable children and families.
Read the Stories* of Our Impact
Ellen was one of the foster parents awarded a scholarship to the Coalition’s New York Foster Care and Adoption Conference this year. Prior to attending, she had been caring for Eric, who had several challenging behaviors. Ellen admitted during the conference that she was at the end of her rope and seriously ready to call her foster care agency and demand they remove Eric from her home. Read more …
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 biological siblings. As an adult adoptee born and adopted through foster care in New York, she had already registered with the state’s Adoption Registry and had received her non-identifying information. She had tried to search on her own for fifteen years, only to reach a dead end again and again. Read more…
Sam was born three months premature and had been with Angie since he was five weeks old. After foster parenting for eight months, Angie legally adopted Sam. Angie was an experienced parent, but now Sam, at sixteen, was really testing both her parenting skills and patience. Angie tearfully admitted to “being done,” ready to surrender Sam back into the foster care system out of frustration and desperation. Read more…
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 from North Carolina to New York when she learned that Michael and Jeremy were in foster care. Angie called the Coalition’s Foster and Kinship Care Specialist one day in tears. Each time she thought that bringing the children home was in sight, the foster care agency demanded another item, document, or training. Read more…
Rosa wanted some advice about how she could adopt Monica, age eight, and Louisa, age six. Rosa was their foster parent. She had a good relationship with Diana, the girls’ mother, but Diana could not parent due to her mental health issues. The girls’ father had abandoned them several years ago. Read more…
About #Giving Tuesday and #NYGivesDay
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
#NYGivesDay is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York. Nonprofits from across the Empire State will work together to raise awareness, collect donations, and build a stronger sense of philanthropy throughout their local communities.