New York State FPA Credential


New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential


Families Together administers the New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential.  Over 200 Family Peer Advocate Credentials have been awarded. The establishment of the FPA Credential recognizes the importance of family-to-family support.  The intent of this credentialing process is to formally recognize the expertise of Family Peer Advocates, to ensure all advocates demonstrate core competencies, to expand reimbursement possibilities, and to provide opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.

 FPA Credential Flier – click here

What is a Family Peer Advocate?

Family Peer Advocates have ‘lived-experience’ as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability). They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower and support other families. They foster effective parent-professional partnership and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches.

Family Peer Advocate Credential Information and Application Materials

Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form.
FTNYS Staff are available to support you as you complete your FPA Credential application.

FPA Application Package

  • Family Peer Advocate Information for Advocates – FAQ click here
  • Family Peer Advocate (FPA) 2013 Application Form and Instructions – click here
  • FPA Application Payment Form – click here
  • FPA Application Cover Sheet – click here
  • PEP Training Need Form (optional) – click here


Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) Training for Family Peer Advocates

PEP Training was designed by and for Family Peer Advocates. FPAs are parents or caregivers of children with significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges whose role (in a family support program or other setting) is to work directly with families whose children are receiving services to support, empower, coach, listen and assure they have a strong voice in the decisions that affect their child and family.

Successful completion of the PEP Training is one of the core requirements of the FPA Credential

If you are working as a Family Peer Advocate and are interesting in a future PEP Training, please complete the Training Need Form.

PEP Training Overview – click here

PEP Training Need Form – click here

For more information on the FPA Credential or PEP Training please contact:

Anne Kuppinger, Director of Training and Credentialing  518-432-0333 ext. 18

Christina Navojosky, Program Assistant   518-432-0333 ext. 10.