CHAMPS NY Thanks Sponsors and Governor for Enacting Preventive Services Reporting and Foster Care Reentry during COVID-19 Laws

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.

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New York Highlights

Policy and Practice

CHAMPS NY’s priorities for 2021 include maintaining policies that support and bolster foster families – including relatives – one of which is NY’s Family First Transition Fund, which is entering it’s third year of funding, and was created to support counties as they transition their practice model to better support family-based foster 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.

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.

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:

COVID-19 Response

In the spring of 2020, CHAMPS NY pivoted to be responsive to the impact of the pandemic on New York’s children and families, debuting updated priorities for 2020. These priorities are listed in a letter to New York State leadership.

Legislative Advocacy

CHAMPS-NY had the opportunity to submit testimony to the Joint Legislative Budget Hearings on Human Services in 2020. Our testimony emphasized the need for further investment in initiatives, like the Family First Transition Fund and KinGAP, that help to ensure that more children in foster care are able to remain with kin.

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



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

Sample Email and Social Media on CHAMPS-NY Priorities

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

New York: Family First Transition Fund Included in FY 2020 Executive Budget

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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.