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Our Mission

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.


Our Vision

NYAP fosters independence through sustainable, family-centered programs and advocacy.


Our Values

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 their unique needs and celebrate their 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. Click HERE to 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

Contact Us

As individuals from many backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences, we come together for the common purpose of helping children, youth, families and communities. Despite best efforts, from time to time, misunderstandings or disagreements can arise. When this happens, and in the interest of living into our NYAP value of peacemaking, the organization requests employees, persons and families served, foster parents and stakeholders resolve their disagreements with one another in a collegial, respectful and professional manner.  In the event this is not successful, or you are unable to reach a person, department or program in a timely manner, please contact: Patti Lewis at (foster parents) or Sarah Early at (all others) for immediate assistance.