Foster Care and Exchange Programs

Mission Statement

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.

Who We Are

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.

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.
585-232-5110 or 888-835-8802

Welcoming an exchange student to your family is like opening a window to a different world. You and your family will not only gain a new family member, you will also learn about a different culture, its values and traditions.

CIEE’s USA High School students stay with their host families for either 5 or 10 months while attending a US high school. The cultural exchange between your family and the student will help you both to gain a deeper understanding of human values that unite all nations across the world. But what really makes this cross-cultural experience so exceptional are the relationships that evolve. By opening your home and your hearts to a young person from another culture, you quickly establish strong bonds. This wonderful relationship can turn out to be a lifelong friendship!

CIEE is an inclusive organization. Host parents and students are welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Provides information, education, referral and support on all aspects of adoption and foster care. Annual conference, trainings and support groups.


The Coalition is an advocacy organization for over 140 adoptive and foster parent groups throughout the state. We believe that every child has the right to a permanent, loving family. We will provide information and support to anyone interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent.

Tompkins County DSS provides initial training, certification and home studies necessary for public agency adoption and foster care. We welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual couples and singles. Contact Judy Voorheis, Foster/Adoptive Homefinder