Vivian Alexopoulos
Adoption Specialist
Since 2/93
Dutchess County

ffasalex@yahoo.com

Lisa Binder, LCSW
Assistant Director
Since 3/89
New York County, NY

lisa@familyfocusadoption.org

Maris Blechner, M Ed, LCSW* **
Executive Director Emerita
Since 7/87
Queens County, NY

maris@familyfocusadoption.org

Jack Brennan*
Executive Director
Since 7/87
Orange County, NY

jack@familyfocusadoption.org

Rich Buley-Neumar*
Associate Director(Bilingual)
Since 10/06
Suffolk County, NY

rich@familyfocusadoption.org

Linda Cavallaro, LMSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 1/01

Suffolk County, NY
Linda521sw@yahoo.com

Sandra Connor
Program Assistant (Bilingual)
Since 7/98
Suffolk County, NY

ffassandy@aol.com

Joan Cosgrove-Knoesel, LMSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 3/02
Westchester County, NY

ffasjoan2@aol.com

Pamela DeMan, LCSW
Caseworker Supervisor (Bilingual)
Since 1/89
Sullivan County, NY

pam@familyfocusadoption.org

Diana Fergus, BSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 3/89
Westchester County, NY

dianafergus@hotmail.com

Joanne Ferrante*
Assistant Director/Transition Supervisor
Since 2/03
Nassau County, NY

jo@familyfocusadoption.org

Jillian Gecewicz, LCSW
Adoption Specialist
Since 1/08
Albany County, NY

gecewij@parsonscenter.org

Elaine Gilmartin, LMSW
Adoption Specialist
Since 6/03
Suffolk County, NY

ffaselaine@optonline.net

Keith Griffin
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Broome County, NY

griffiK@us.ibm

Rosa Griffin*
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 12/87
Orange County, NY

ffasrosa@hvc.rr.com

Andrea Hamill, LCSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 11/08
Saratoga County, NY

ffasach@aol.com

Camille Hehn, LCSW*
Adoption Specialist
Since 9/89
Rensselaer County, NY

camille@familyfocusadoption.org

Cristina Louis
Program Assistant (Bilingual)
Since 12/99
Suffolk County

cristina@familyfocusadoption.org

Gerald McCord
Adoption Specialist
Since 11/91
Bronx County, NY

ffasgerry@aol.com

Ellen Murphy-Hackett, LMSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 9/01
Suffolk County, NY

ffasellen@aol.com

Loretta Ogden, LCSW*
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 7/87
Suffolk County, NY

njogden@yahoo.com

Kerry Panarella, LCSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary)
Since 11/01
Richmond County, NY

ffaskerry@aol.com

Mary Peel*
Adoption Specialist
Since 10/94
Orange County, NY

mary@familyfocusadoption.org

Andrea Ramos-Topper, LCSW
Adoption Specialist (Ancillary) (Bilingual)
Since 5/97
Suffolk County, NY

ffasandrea@optonline.net

Kathe Stojowski* **
Program Director, Family Services
Since 7/87
Nassau County, NY

kathe@familyfocusadoption.org

Linda Wicks*
Adoption Specialist
Since 12/89

Suffolk County, NY
ffaslindaw@netscape.net

Volunteers

Roslyn Bernstein*

Judy Brambrut, M Ed* **
jbrambrut@aol.com

Marianne Geraci
meg7970@aol.com

Judy Sacks

*Adoptive Parent
**Founding Member
***Adoptee
Family Focus Adoption Services Contact Us, Staff and Directions
Staff
Agency Administrators
Maris H. Blechner, M Ed LCSW
Executive Director Emerita
maris@familyfocusadoption.org

Maris, who was our Executive Director for twenty-six years, does training for our Child Welfare Training Program. She will also continue to be an invaluable resource for knowledge and information for our agency.
Maris Blechner
Kathe Stojowski
Prorgam Director, Family Services Program
(718) 224-1919

kathe@familyfocusadoption.org

Kathe is a founder of Family Focus, and is the director of our Family Services Program for international and private domestic adoptions.
Kathe Stojowski
Jack Brennan
Executive Director
(845) 401-5225

jack@familyfocusadoption.org

Jack is the director of the agency's Waiting Child Programs for the adoption of children from the foster care system.
Jack Brennan
Joanne Ferrante
Assistant Director
(516) 902-7137

jo@famliyfocusadoption.org

Joanne is the Child Transition Worker Supervisor for our Waiting Child Programs, and the family coordinator for our Direct Placement Program.
Joanne Ferrante
Rich Buley-Neumar
Associate Director
(718) 224-1919

rich@familyfocusadoption.org

Rich can answer your questions about adoption and foster care, or about our application paperwork. Call or email Rich to make reservations for INFO Meetings. Rich knows ASL.
RIch Buley-Neumar
Lisa Binder, LCSW
Assistant Director
(212) 473-0603

lisa@familyfocusadoption.org

Lisa supervises the family transition workers, and is the school liaison for pre-adoptive families during transition. She is also the agency's grant writer.
Lisa Binder
Pamela DeMan, LCSW
Casework Supervisor
(845) 252-7198

pam@familyfocusadoption.org

Pam is the supervisor of our adoption specialists who write studies for our Waiting Child programs. Pam is bilingual (Spanish).
Pam DeMan
Cristina Louis
Family Services Program Assistant
(718) 224-1919

cristina@familyfocusadoption.org

Cristina coordinates our Family Services Program from our Little Neck office, assisting famillies with their applications and paperwork. Cristina is bilingual (Spanish).
Cristina Louis
Mary Peel
Placement Coordinator
(845) 725-7997

mary@familyfocusadoption.org

Mary is our specialist in interstate placements, providing contact and support between families and jurisdictions to negotiate placement of children. She also maintains our CONNECTIONS reports.
Mary Peel
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Sandra Connor
Family Services Program Assistant
(718) 224-1919

ffassandy@aol.com

Sandra writes studies and assists families in our Family Services Program. Sandra is bilingual (Spanish).
Sandra Connor

Our Newburgh/Hudson Valley trainings are held at the home of staff member Jack Brennan, 9 Knight's Circle, Newburgh.

Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 17 (Rte. 17K West), or Rte. 84 to Exit 6 (Route 17 West). Take Rte.17K to the Stewart Airport Diner, just west of Rte 84. Turn onto Lakeside Road, which is the road between the diner and Rte. 84. Follow the road for approximately one mile. Go right onto Buckingham Drive and then right again onto Knight's Circle. #9 is the 2nd house on the left. If you need further directions, please call Jack at (845) 564-6032. [top]

NEWBURGH/HUDSON VALLEY TRAINING LOCATION
ALBANY AREA TRAINING LOCATION
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE AND TRAINING LOCATION, LITTLE NECK, QUEENS

SULLIVAN COUNTY ADOPTION INFORMATION MEETINGS

Information meeting locations vary. Please call Pamela DeMan at (845) 252-7198 for more details and directions. [top]

FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES
527 Bradford Street, Albany, NY 12206
Phone Toll Free: (866) 855-1919
Location and directions below

FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES
54-40 Little Neck Parkway, Suite 4
Little Neck, NY 11362

Phone: (718) 224-1919
Toll Free: (866) 855-1919
Fax: (718) 225-8360

Capital District Office:
Administrative Offices,
Little Neck, Queens:

Our Albany area trainings are held at the home of staff member Camille Hehn, 527 Bradford Street, Albany, NY 12206.

Take Rt. 90 (from East or West) to Exit 5 - Everett Road. Head South on Everett Road (from the East turn left, from the West turn right). Turn left on Central Avenue, then Right on King Avenue, and Right on Bradford. From the North, take Rt. 87 S to Rt. 90 W, and proceed as above. From the South, take Rt. 87 N to Rt. 90 E, and proceed as above. Please call Camille at, (518) 237-3572 for more directions. [top]

The Administrative Office of FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES is located at the Professional Office entrance of the Valerie Arms Apartments, 54-40 Little Neck Parkway, a brick apartment building one block north of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 32 (Little Neck Parkway). We are in Suite 4, on the main level, to the right of the apartment entrance. There is an outside buzzer.

BY BUS AND SUBWAY: Take the F or R to 169th Street and Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, Queens. Exit at the front of the train, north side, and take the Q30 bus to Little Neck Parkway (the last stop). Those people with access to the E, J and Z trains can now take those trains to the Archer Avenue/Sutphin Boulevard subway station. Right there at the side of the L.I.R.R. Station is a bus stop for the Q30 bus. Take that to the last stop which is Little Neck Parkway. Walk along Little Neck Parkway for half a block to the apartment building. Buzz at the Professional Office entrance.

BY LONG ISLAND RAILROAD: From Brooklyn, take the L.I.R.R. to Jamaica then the Q30 bus (see directions above). From Penn Station, take the Port Washington line to the Little Neck stop (approximately 28 minutes). The office is a brief cab ride from the Little Neck station.

FROM NEW JERSEY: George Washington Bridge to Cross Bronx Expressway to Throgs Neck Bridge. At base of the bridge, go straight onto the Clearview Expressway for a short distance to the Long Island Expressway eastbound. Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 32 - Little Neck Parkway. Go left, under the Expressway, at the corner traffic light, which is Little Neck Parkway, and drive for one block. The office is in the apartment building on the left (which you can see from the Expressway), on the ground floor, at the Professional Office entrance. Just buzz to get in.

FROM STATEN ISLAND: Staten Island Expressway to Verrazano Bridge to Belt Parkway East (toward Queens). Take the Belt Parkway past Kennedy Airport and continue on the Cross Island Parkway (toward the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges). Exit at the Long Island Expressway Eastbound for two exits, to Exit 32, Little Neck Parkway. Then continue as above. [top]

Hudson Valley Office:

FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES
9 Knight's Circle, Newburgh, NY 12550
845-401-5225