The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) in partnership with the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY) have launched “Building Strong Families: Advancing Post-Adoption Services.” This bold initiative will address the need for resources, education and funding for quality and accessible post-adoption services (PAS). The availability of appropriate PAS are critical to ensuring the well-being of children, preserving adoptions from foster care, preventing adoption dissolutions/disruptions, and supporting and strengthening families.



DAI and AFFCNY will seek to raise awareness and advocacy to advance a state law mandating and streamlining quality post-adoption services. The “Building Strong Families” website will provide information and updates on these efforts and advocacy tools, as well as other resources and information about post-adoption services and needs.

The Freddie Mac Foundation generously provided initial funding.

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Below you’ll find significant developments and information on post-adoption services across the country. Updates aggregate recent national and state level PAS policy, research, resources and news. Click on the headings to see other recent progress on PAS.

The Family First Prevention Services Act

DAI submitted comments on the Family First Prevention Services Act – a federal bipartisan bill that would better align federal child welfare funding with the critical goals of supporting family stability and preventing unnecessary foster care and institutional placements. Read more>>

Webinars from North American Council on Adoptable Children

The North American Council on Adoptable Children offers a variety of webinars that offer education and information to parents who have adopted. You can learn more about the Adoption Tax Credit, talking with children about their history and much more. Read more>>


In “We were not planning on this, but …’: Adoptive parents’ reactions and adaptations to unmet expectations,” Moyer and Goldberg explored how adoptive parents responded to unanticipated characteristics in their children. Forty-five couples were interviewed for this study. Read more>>

Post-adoption blues expert on depression screening recommendations

Medical Express

“Mental health professionals also need to be aware of the dynamics specific to the adoptive process to best support their patients,” says Foli, who collaborates with Susan South, an associate professor of psychological sciences, and Eunjung Lim, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii. Read more>>

NYS Office of Children and Family Services Awards Two Grants to AFFCNY

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY) has been awarded two grants through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to create new regional Permanency Resource Centers (PRCs) serving families with an adopted child or those that have become guardians of a relative’s child. Read more>>


Highlighting parents, young adults, and professionals in the adoption community.

  • Mark Lacava

    Clinical Director, Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center

    Why are PAS important to building strong families?

    Post-adoption services provide these wrap-around supports that are unique to the adoption community.

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    What motivates your interest in working in adoption?

    The MN ADOPT organization was founded in 1980 by a group of adoptive and foster parents.

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  • Richard Heyl de Ortiz

    Executive Director

    Tell us about the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of NY.

    The Coalition was founded in 1975 to create a statewide voice for change in the child welfare system.

    Read more »
  • Gary Mallon

    Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare

    What motivated your initial interest in foster care and adoption?

    As a kid, I was part of the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) and we did social justice work.

    Read more »
  • Susan Notkin

    Associate Director

    What can be done to help these children and young adults?

    The first thing we need to do is to ensure that no child spends their childhood in foster care.

    Read more »
  • Marie Dolfi


    Where do you turn for information on post-adoption services?

    To stay current on post-adoption services, research and legislation, I subscribe to e-newsletters.

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