Making Sense Of The Past To Be Happy In The Present With Sarah Gerstenzang - Adoptive Mom & Board President
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Sarah works as a therapist with foster and adoptive families in a private practice in Manhattan. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Coalition, the Associate Director of AdoptUsKids, and a Senior Policy Analyst at Children’s Rights. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Her child welfare policy and practice experience includes research and publication on a range of foster care and adoption issues as well as presentations at national and international conferences. Sarah’s most recent book is Another Mother: Co-Parenting with the Foster Care System
Sarah has been a foster and kinship parent and one of her three children was adopted from the New York City foster care system. She and her husband support three additional siblings who were also in the foster care system and are now grown.
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The Coalition unites foster, adoptive and kinship care families, giving them a voice and providing support, information and advocacy. By fostering communication and collaboration between families, agencies and concerned citizens, we seek to ensure the stability, well-being and permanency of all children.
No foster, adoptive or kinship care family in New York State will feel alone or unsupported and that all such families will have the tools, support and community they need to nurture their children and be role models for others. Goal:
- Educate and support foster/kinship care/adoptive parents and the professionals who serve them by utilizing information-sharing, services, peer support and referral.
- Improve services available to children and families.
- Increase citizen involvement in local service planning and delivery.
- Educate leaders and stakeholders about the realities, challenges and rewards of foster/kinship care/adoptive parenting.
- Advocate for greater support of foster/kinship care/adoptive families by federal, state and local agencies.