CHAMPS-NY Response to State of the State 2022

CHAMPS NY is a statewide coalition of advocates, providers, and impacted New Yorkers working to promote state policy and practice change that builds a more family-centered, equitable child welfare system.

Learn more about CHAMPS NY.

New York Highlights

Policy and Practice

CHAMPS NY’s priorities for 2022 include maintaining policies that support and bolster foster families – including relatives – one of which is the Office of the Child Welfare Advocate, which New York does not have, lagging behind 36 other states.

Children Thrive in Family-Based Care

Children experience better outcomes when they are cared for by supportive families. However, too few children in foster care across the state are placed with kin, and New York State struggles to recruit and retain enough families to adequately support the children who come into care.

A Look into Work Underway in Three NY Counties

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.

Share Your Stories!

Are you someone with personal experience with New York’s child welfare system? A young person with foster care experience? A relative or foster parent? We invite you to get involved and share your story with us!

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 and Advocacy

Families Together in New York State



CHAMPS NY Implores Governor Cuomo: Sign Bill Authorizing Youth in Need to Return to Foster Care during COVID-19

CHAMPS NY Press Conference: Aging Out of Foster Care in the Midst of a Pandemic

CHAMPS-NY & NY State Attorneys for Children: Urgent Need for Support for Young People in Foster Care

CHAMPS-NY: NY Must Prioritize Families and Youth in COVID-19 Response

CHAMPS-NY Response To 2020 State Budget

Sign the Pledge

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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.