Workshops, Discussion Groups and Support Groups

Educational workshops & discussions groups are lead by adoption professionals and adoptive parents.  Educational programs are held at convenient locations throughout the Capital District. 

Topics include: Adoption & the Schools, Adoption: Where Do I Start?, Creating Lifebooks for Adopted & Foster Children, Developmental Stages: What Children Understand About Adoption & When, Issues in Transracial Adoption, Talking to Your Child about Adoption Issues, Smart Responses to Stupid Adoption Comments, Attachment Issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Special Education, Explaining Difficult Birth Families Stories to Children, & Panel of Adults who Join their Family by Adoption. 


Social Events

Social events have included children’s culture day, family activities (apple picking, outings at families homes, museum visits, hayrides), and playgroups.



Playgroups are hosted in AFCR's members homes. They are open to both AFCR members and non-members.


Cultural Programs

AFCR hosts an annual Cultural Day event in the spring.  Events have included a fun filled afternoon of activities and entertainment celebrating our children's culture and learning about countries at one of our approved meeting locations or alternatively a trip to a local cultural museum. It is generally held on a Saturday in the spring.


Guest Speakers

AFCR’s most recent speaker was Jayne Schooler, author/co-author of seven books in the adoption field, including her newest, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents.   Speakers are often able to present at our events with the help of membership dues, grants and other local support organizations.

Social events, including playgroups, are announced via email. Visit the Get Involved page to learn how to join AFCR’s email lists. 
Information on AFCR’s workshop policies and workshop locations can be found below, followed by upcoming AFCR events.
AFCR’s workshops are usually held at these two locations:
  • Colonie Community Center - 1653 Central Ave, Albany
  •  The Colonie Community Center is 1.2 miles west of Wolf Rd.  The Auditorium is in the left wing of the building.  The East Lounge and Room 8 are in the right wing of the building.  
  • The Colonie Community Center is across the street from Lake Electronics.
  • McKownville United Methodist Church - 1565 Western Ave, Guilderland. The church is between  I-87 and the entrance to Crossgates Mall.  The parking lot is behind the church. Use the stairs on the left to access the meeting rooms.
Workshop policies
  • Workshops are free and open to the public.
  • Reservations are not required with the exception of some cultural events.
  • Children of all ages are not allowed at evening workshops unless specifically stated in the event description.  Children are welcome at social events.
  • If a workshop needs to be canceled due to bad weather AFCR's voice mail 518-763-8019 will be updated.

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