INTRODUCTION to NATIONWIDE FOSTER/ADOPTION OPTIONS (INFO): For famililes who wish to adopt an older child from the foster care system, either in NY or nationwide. This meeting is not for newborn or international adoption. We talk about foster care and foster-to-adoption. The meeting is approximately 4 hours long. All are welcome (no children please). Families must come to an INFO meeting before they can begin foster-to-adopt Certification Training, or apply to a foster-to-adopt program. See INFO Calendar below. Reservations are required - email Rich:

FFAS CERTIFICATION TRAINING FOR FOSTER-TO-ADOPTION: Our 40-hour course prepares you to adopt the multiply-betrayed children of the foster care system, and is required for families in order to be approved and licensed in one of our foster-to-adopt programs. This course is also available to any parents of adopted children, as well as to adoption professionals. This is not MAPP training, and is not applicable with other agencies. You must attend an INFO Meeting before you can attend Certification Training. After an INFO Meeting, you may start Certification Training with either Group A or Group B; to be FFAS Certified you must complete both Group A (7 weeks) and Group B (7 weeks). Reservations are required, call Rich at (718) 224-1919, or email See Calendar below.


The first step for any family considering adoption is to become informed about what kind of adoption is right for them, which agency can help them, where to start, and what to expect. FFAS offers the following Information, Meetings, and Training. There are no fees for the meetings.

Family Focus Adoption Services
INFO and Certification Training Calendar

Capital District INFO, Albany (Castleton) Training and Meeting Center:
Presented on Saturday afternoons BY APPOINTMENT

Please email for availability:

(You must attend an INFO before Certification Training)

Long Island/Metro Area,
Little Neck, Queens Training and Meeting Center:

August 14 (Monday) 6:00PM - 9:30
September 2 (Saturday) 10:00AM - 2:00PM

(You must attend an INFO before you can attend Certification Training. You may start with either Group A or B classes)
Classes are given simultaneously in Little Neck and Castleton (you may attend at either location). All classes are on Wednesday nights at 6:45 PM:

Group B:

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18 ('snow day' 25)

Group A:
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20 ('snow day' 27)

Group B:

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14 ('snow day' 21)

Group A:
February 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11 ('snow day' 18)

Group B:
April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6 ('snow day' 13)

Group A:
June 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 15 ('snow day' 22)

Group B:
September 5, 12, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24

Group A:
October 31
November 7, 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19