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.
NYC Foster Care Agency You Gotta Believe Says Farewell to Director Susan Grundberg
For the past four years, Susan Grundberg has worked to help foster youth find permanent families and parents while leading the non-profit organization You Gotta Believe (YGB). “When I began, it was a daunting prospect to take the helm … but together with our partners, we have accomplished so much,” wrote Grundberg in a newsletter.
Broadway Benefit Concert Celebrates Hope for Foster Youth
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre stage lit up last Monday night with celebrities and guests gathering to support New York City’s foster children at the 2nd-annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids benefit concert.
NYC Foster Youth Nonprofit Turns Funding Crisis into Opportunity
Celebrities Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski walked the paparazzi-lined red carpet. Lights flashed. Hundreds of well-dressed attendees filled the auditorium. Voices for the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids, a 2015 Broadway event created to raise money for the foster youth organization You Gotta Believe, was a star-studded success, light years away from the financial turmoil that had rocked the storied New York City nonprofit only a few months earlier.
De Blasio’s Child Welfare Administration Drops Storied Adoption Agency; Explanation Disputed
In March, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services(ACS) canceled its almost $700,000-per-year contract with You Gotta Believe, an adoption recruitment agency focused on finding homes for older youth, to the dismay of many in the adoption community.