Q&A: Pat O’Brien on Leaving a Place He Founded, Suing The State, and What Comes Next for New York Foster Parents
An innovator in the field of adoption has taken the reins at one of the largest advocacy groups for foster and adoptive parents in New York. The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY) announced Pat O’Brien as executive director in December.
NFL’s Ty Montgomery, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star Santino Fontana Celebrate Pioneering Foster Youth Nonprofit
New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery, TV actor Santino Fontana from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and a host of Broadway’s biggest stars lit up the stage last Thursday at Voices for the Voiceless, a musical benefit celebrating the 25th anniversary of nonprofit You Gotta Believe.
National Effort to Address Therapy Quality for Adoptees Reaches New York
Adoptees can face a unique struggle with grief, loss and identity — contrary to how they are often depicted in films like “Annie” or “Superman.” But most graduate programs in counseling and therapy rarely explore the issue, or the complexities of the child welfare system, leaving adoptive families nationwide to struggle alone.
Prominent New York Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocate Steps Down
The executive director of the largest and most politically engaged foster and adoptive parent organization in New York announced he’s leaving after four and a half years in the role. “I am writing to share with you that I am winding down my work at the Coalition and will be pursuing my commitment to families and children in another capacity,” wrote Richard Heyl de Ortiz of the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY), in a Tuesday e-mail addressed to colleagues and friends.