Kimberly Ortlieb With The National Youth Advocate Program

NYAP is an energetic instrument of compassion and change in the lives of children, youth, and families and the systems, structures and practices that affect them.

NYAP is universally recognized as the premier provider known for trailblazing creative and effective community based solutions.


Children First.NYAP has a non-negotiable commitment to doing what is best for children, youth and their families.

Individual Advocacy.Every person should have an advocate who can promote his or her unique needs and celebrate his or her accomplishments.

Advocacy for Change.NYAP is a leader of positive change in the structures, systems and policies that impede the empowerment of children, youth and their families.

Universal Rights of Children. NYAP affirms and works to advance the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. ClickHEREto review the Universal Rights of the Child.

Empowerment.NYAP has an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop.

Diversity.NYAP believes people are united by our humanity and enriched by our diversity.

Social Inclusion. NYAP creates safe environments where people can be themselves and explore their connectedness and their differences and find positive ways to learn and live with others in the greater community.

Community. NYAP believes that children and youth learn life lessons best in the communities they call home.

Innovation. Our values lead NYAP to find creative ways to meet the distinct needs of each child, youth and family in our care while at the same time grounding all programs and services in the highest professional standards.

Peacemaking. NYAP applies the principles of restorative justice and the power of reconciliation to instill a sense of community and a commitment to nonviolence

Becoming a foster parent is not an overnight decision. You’ll probably want to discuss this decision among all your family members. And that’s a good thing.

We at National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) want you and your family to be comfortable with your choice to open your heart and home to a youth or sibling group in need, and we hope you know that we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Contact Us Today

Your call or email starts the process. We will mail you a packet of information about NYAP. A NYAP Licensing Coordinator, will contact you to set up a face-to-face meeting.

Attend an Orientation

NYAP periodically holds New Foster Parent Orientation classes to give people who are considering foster parenting a forum to openly ask questions and talk to other parents going through the same process. If there is not a class in the near future, your Licensing Coordinator will go over all the same information with you face-to-face and is available to answer any questions you may have.

Documentation Review

Your Licensing Coordinator will meet with you to discuss the state requirements for foster parents and to review the documentation with you. It is important for you to complete all of the required documentation to expedite the process.

Foster Parent Training Classes

As you work through gathering and completing the necessary documentation, you may begin to attend foster parent training classes. Every foster parent is required to attend approximately 35-45 hours of pre-service training classes (classes vary by state). In these classes, you will learn what foster parenting is all about, expectations, obligations and the rewards and challenges of being a foster parent. You will learn how to work with the biological parent(s), how to help the youth adjust, parenting and family dynamics and more. Note: Successful completion of all foster parent training classes is required.

The Family Assessment or Home Study

Your Licensing Coordinator will arrange to make 2-3 visits to your home to interview you and any other family members or residents in the home. The interviews allow us to:

·      Complete criminal background checks on all adults (18+) living in your home

·      Make sure your home has enough space to accommodate the foster youth or sibling group

·      Understand your motivations to become a foster parent.

·      Ensure foster parenting is the right fit for you and your family

·      Gather background information about you and your family and talk with the personal references you provide

·      Ensure you are able to provide a safe, nurturing home to the youth

We understand that the home study process may seem a bit intrusive or feel a bit awkward to you and your family at first, however it is critically important that we do all we can to ensure the safety and security of the foster youth and families we serve. It is also important to ensure that our foster parents are adequately prepared to support and provide for the children and youth entrusted in their care.

Meet Your NYAP Team

Upon successful completion of your home study and training classes, NYAP will begin the process to license you as a NYAP foster parent. Upon approval, you will meet with the NYAP team members that will support you as you foster a youth or sibling group.

A Child is Placed in Your Home

Once you are certified, we will begin to look for a youth that is a good fit for you and your family. If the match is right, the child(ren) will come to stay with you until they can be reunited with their biological family, a relative or if not available, permanently adopted by your family (if you choose) or another family. We will talk to you about visitation schedules with birth parents and siblings and will continue to support you as you foster the youth.

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