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. The Coalition’s new Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Program for Everyone (AGAPE) will serve families in the Greene, Columbia, Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Delaware and Orange counties through the Hudson Valley program while offices in Binghamton, New York will provide services for the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes program for those in Tompkins, Chemung, Broome and Schuyler counties.
The program’s goal of helping post-adoptive and post-guardianship families face the unique challenges following an adoption or guardianship are in perfect alignment with the Coalition’s vision; that no foster, adoptive or kinship care family in New York State will feel alone or unsupported and that all such families will have the tools, support and community they need to nurture their children and be role models for others. Funding for the PRCs was made available by OCFS through adoption assistance savings. The New AGAPE programs will be launching in early 2107. For more information, please see affcny.org.