We are happy to announce that the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York has joined the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition as a coalition partner, bringing to the coalition its advocacy work and long commitment to serving foster, kinship, and adoptive families. AFFCNY was critical in the successful effort to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto A5036B, the discriminatory bill passed by the legislature last June. AFFCNY was a core part of that effort, signing on early to two significant advocacy letters to Governor Cuomo and working tirelessly for months on behalf of securing adoptee equality in New York.
The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York was founded in 1975 as the New York State Citizens Coalition. The Coalition provides support, information and advocacy for foster, kinship and adoptive families in the Empire State and the professionals who serve them. Richard Heyl Ortiz, an adoptive father, is the executive director of AFFCNY. Claudia D’Arcy, AFFCNY’s director of outreach and advocacy, will also be extensively involved in working with the coalition.