A Thousand Moms

A Thousand Moms will help our communities in New York State organize, educate, and mobilize in order that we may meet the emotional, developmental, and social needs of youth in our child welfare systems who may be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning their sexual identity so they may reach their full potential.

A Thousand Moms comprises a network of diverse people across the spectrum of New Yorkers, representing many skills, abilities, and talents.

We believe it is time to celebrate and support the lives of New York’s youth in foster/adoptive care who may be LGBT/Q. We aim to bring together the child welfare community with all the citizens it serves. Additionally, A Thousand Moms seeks solutions and reaches out to youth and families before crises arise. Existing public and private organizations provide various levels of training or expertise in foster care/adoption issues or in the needs of gay and lesbian youth, but not both, as does A Thousand Moms.

A Thousand Moms is a project of the National Association of Former Foster Children, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

2367 Curry Rd.
Adoption and Counseling Service, Inc.

Mary Louise Hartentein, of Syracuse, started her adoption organization 20 years ago. Adoptive families include those with fathers and mothers, single mothers or fathers, or two mothers or two fathers. They work on behalf of children both here and abroad.

307 South Townsend Street

Adoption S.T.A.R. is a non-profit, New York State authorized adoption agency specializing in identifying homes for infants who are at risk for entering the foster care system. Offers the experience of adoption, a full training curriculum, advocacy assistance and comprehensive resources on adoption. These services allow prospective adoptive parents and birth parents to explore all the adoption options and to receive the appropriate information and education necessary to access those options. Very accepting of all types of families. Sliding fee scale.

47 Plaza Drive
Adult Families of Trans* Youth Group (AFTY)

A facilitated discussion and social group, run by the Gay Alliance, to provide the families of trans* adolescents with a safe forum for self-expression, a shared network of support, and to be a central hub of knowledge and resources. Please join us on the first Tuesday of the month at the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gay Alliance.  100 College Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.

100 College Ave, Suite 100
All Children – All Families Initiative (Human Rights Campaign)
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
(800) 777-4723
(202) 347-5323
Alternative Family Matters, Inc.

Providing comprehensive educational counseling to LGBT prospective parents nationwide. AFM’s Conception Connection is a national registry and counseling service for LGBT’s seeking individuals of the opposite gender with whom to have a biological child. Services are for individuals who want to have contact with donating dads and surrogate moms. Contact Person: Jenifer Firestone, LCSW

PO Box 390618
Bolz, Madeleine Reynolds, (M.S., LMHC, NCC)

Madeleine Reynolds Bolz provides counseling for children, young adults and parents. She is experienced in Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a variety of issues. Special areas of interest are children of gay parents and families experiencing chronic illness and loss. Some insurance is accepted and a sliding fee scale is available.

46 Prince Street
Camp Aranu’tiq (Transgender Youth Summer Camp)

Our mission is to provide transgender and gender-variant youth with a safe, fun, and unique camp experience during which they are able to express gender however they are comfortable and connect with others in similar situations. This is a weeklong overnight camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8-15.

Camp Aranu’tiq is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. It was born out of the idea that transgender and gender-variant youth needed a safe place to relate to others like them, away from home, in a beautiful rural setting where they can concentrate on what every camper loves: having fun. We are planning our first-ever camp week during the summer of 2010. We will be making every effort to have Aranu’tiq available to transgender and gender-variant youth from all socio-economic backgrounds. Due to the sensitive nature of our program, the exact location of Aranu’tiq can be obtained by interested parents, volunteers, and campers by contacting us (click on link: “contact us”). The camp is in the New England area. We are currently working on obtaining grants and individual and corporate contributions. If you or your organization would like to make a donation, please click “donate” to do so directly online, or contact us via email or phone.

P.O. Box 620141
Newton Lower Falls
Campanaro-Cummings, Vicki Jo (Msed NCC)

Vickijo Campanaro-Cummings is a New York Licensed and national certified psychotherapist with graduate degrees in counseling, psychology, music and education. She has been in private practice for over 25 years. Vickijo has held positions as educator, therapist and consultant at a number of institutions including Nazareth College of Rochester. She has also run workshops and groups on a variety of topics. Vickijo originated the first and longest running straight spouse Support Group in New York State. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), hypnosis and Thought Field Therapy. Vickijo is the associate director for the The Assisi Institute, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to foster the integration of the mystical traditions of both Eastern and Western spirituality.

She also specializes in straight spouse support.

595 Blossom Rd Suite 315
Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.

We are a national not-for-profit charitable organization that recruits foster and adoptive families for special needs children who have been waiting the longest for a “forever” family. We have brought together more than 6,000 children and families in our 37 years of service.

We are dedicated to finding adoptive families for America’s waiting children! We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about the adoption process, registering a child with CAP, or our services. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, EST. Please feel free to contact us.

Children Awaiting Parents strives to match families with children. We search for homes that will bring out the best in our youths – families that can unconditionally love and support them, regardless of the parent’s or the child’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

595 Blossom Road, Suite 306
585-232-5110 or 888-835-8802