A Thousand Moms

Building Community Support for New York's LGBT/Q Youth in Foster/Adoptive Care

2367 Curry Road, Schenectady NY 12303
Tel: 518 322-0607

What We Do

In order to meet the needs of LGBT and questioning youth, we organize, educate, and mobilize our statewide community, bringing together advocates, educators, businesses, civic and religious organizations and others to support local efforts. We assist in the establishment of local chapters of A Thousand Moms to respond to specific needs of youth in the care of child welfare organizations. Dedicated to the nurturing/parenting/support skills of mothers, A Thousand Moms seeks the support of dads, sons, sisters, extended families, friends--all interested parties.

A not-for-profit organization, A Thousand Moms seeks to provide services through affiliations with private and public entities. The organization also responds to statewide and local needs via a professional staff of consultants and community educators. In order to support these goals, A Thousand Moms seeks funding through public and private grants, donations and contracts.

Our home office coordinates training and consultations with child welfare agencies, builds and maintains a network of statewide members, organizes communitiy awareness and resource development, and more.


A Thousand Moms has a unique role in New York State as the only organization that focuses solely on meeting the developmental, emotional, and social needs of LGBT/Q youth in the child welfare system that cannot be met by the child welfare organizations charged with their care, outside of basic room, board, clothing and supervision. We engage individuals, organizations, businesses, and religious groups to give support in various forms to the foster/adoptive/birth parents and agency staff of these youth so they may directly meet the unique emotional and developmental needs of gay teens in foster and adoptive care.

We recently initiated our Network of Support statewide conference calls to directly connect parents and agency staff and give them information, resources, and ideas they can use on a day-to-day basis. Advocacy and resource groups also participate in these teleconferences to lend their support for gay youth in foster care.

We conduct community awareness forums for lay and professional audiences, including religious, business and civic organizations.

We promote public awareness through a Banners of Hope community volunteer project.

We strengthen community awareness by establishing regional chapters of A Thousand Moms in New York State

We maintain a comprehensive database of member Mom, Dads, uncles, and grandparents --anyone willing to lend their expertise to foster/care adoptive families with gay youth.

A Thousand Moms relies on your support. Click here to get information on donations. Thank you!

A Thousand Moms is establishing regional chapters in the following areas:

  • New York City
  • Long Island
  • Hudson Valley
  • Capital Region
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Genesee Valley
  • Chenango Valley