The intersection of family, identity and culture is central to adoption, foster care and kinship care.  These issues are transformative.  Generally acknowledged is the significant impact on children.   This cannot be minimized, but there is an evolving understanding of how adoption, foster care and kinship care impact the identity and the understanding of family and culture for all involved.

This year’s 28th Annual New York Foster Care and Adoption Conference will explore these issues and their impact on all who are, knowingly or not, part of adoption, foster care and kinship care:  adoptive parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, siblings, extended family, professionals, educators, service providers and, most especially, the children.

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York, NY Office of Children and Family Services, Center for Development and Human Services

Albany Marriot189 Wolf RoadAlbanyNew York

Jelani Freeman Esq
Kim E. Stevens MEd
Ruth G. McRoy MSW. PhD
Susan Harris O’Connor MSW
Andrew Solomon