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

Please email for availability:

(You must attend an INFO before Certification Training)

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

January 20 (Saturday) 10:00AM - 2:00 PM
February 13 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30
March 20 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30
April 10 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30
May 19 (Saturday) 10:00AM - 2:00PM
June 12 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30
July 12 (Thursday) 6:00PM - 9:30
August 16 (Thursday) 6:00PM - 9:30
September 22 (Saturday) 10:00AM - 2:00PM
October 16 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30
November 17 (Saturday) 10:00AM - 2:00PM
December 11 (Tuesday) 6:00PM - 9:30

(You must attend an INFO before you can attend Certification Training. You may then start with either Group A or Group B)
Classes are given simultaneously in Little Neck, Castleton, and Liverpool (you may attend at any location). All classes are on Wednesday nights, 6:45 - 9:30 PM:


Group B:

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14 ('snow days' 21, 28)

Group A:
March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25

Group B:
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13 ('snow day' 20)

Group A:
June 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 15, 22 ('snow day' 29)

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

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