Become a CHAMPS-NY Supporter

CHAMPS NY is a statewide group of advocates and providers working to promote state policy and practice change that ensures that when children must enter foster care, they are placed into family-based settings whenever possible, and that their caregivers are supported so that children experience the best possible permanency and well-being outcomes.

Our goal: By 2021, in each New York State county, CHAMPS NY seeks to increase by at least 15% the percentage of children in foster care residing in well-supported family-based care, with a comparable reduction of the percentage of children in group homes.

Learn more about CHAMPS NY.

We are a broad coalition of providers, advocates and thought partners from across the state.

New York Highlights

Policy and Practice

CHAMPS NY’s priorities for 2019 include strengthening policies that support and bolster foster families – including relatives – and a new initiative that would provide counties with the resources and support to transition their practice model to better support family-based foster care.

A Look into Work Underway in Three NY Counties

New from our partner, the Redlich Horwitz Foundation! This report includes case studies of three NY counties that are making tremendous strides to strengthen their use of family-based – both relative and non-relative – foster care.

Family First Transition Fund Included in FY 2020 Executive Budget

As a group of child and family advocates, child welfare providers, and representatives of family and youth impacted by the child welfare system, CHAMPS-NY applauds Governor Cuomo for the inclusion of the Family First Transition Fund in the FY 2020 Executive Budget.

Share Your Stories!

Are you a young person with foster care experience? A relative or foster parent? Someone else with personal experience with foster care? We invite you to get involved and share your story with us! Contact us at:

Facts & Data

18,613 Children 0-17 in foster care
18% Youth who are not with a family (in group/institution)
31 Average length of stay for children in FC (months)
3,007 Number of children at risk for aging out
40% Youth with 1 placement
24% Youth with 2 placements
14% Youth with 3 placements
22% Youth with 4 or more placements


Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy

Families Together in New York State



NY: Family First Transition Fund Included in FY 2020 Final Budget

New York Announces CHAMPS Campaign

Sign the Pledge

Sign the pledge to show your support for today’s amazing foster parents and the importance of quality foster parenting.

See the Latest

CHAMPS is an exciting new policy campaign with dozens of partner organizations working together to highlight the vital importance of foster parents to the health and well-being of children in foster care. Check out what’s going on nationally and in the states.