CHAMPS-NY Response to State of the State 2022

CHAMPS NY is a statewide group of advocates, providers, and impacted New Yorkers 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.

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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.

Office of the Child Welfare Advocate

It is time for New York to establish an Office of the Child Welfare Advocate as one means of addressing the challenges present in the child welfare system. In doing so, New York would join the 36 other states with similar offices in offering an indispensable resource for all New York youth and families touched by the child welfare system.

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.

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.

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.

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: CHAMPSNewYork@gmail.com

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

Contact

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Families Together in New York State

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Results

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.