Family Peer Advocate 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

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.

Family Peer Advocate Information for Advocates – FAQ- Click Here

Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Application Form and Instructions –Click Here

FPA Application Payment Form –Click Here

FPA Application Cover Sheet – Click Here


NYS Family Peer Credential Renewal

FPA Credential Renewal Application-Click Here

FPA Continuing Education and Renewal FAQ-Click Here

FPA Renewal Payment Form – Click Here

Continuing Education Form – Click Here

FPA Code of Ethics-Click Here

FPSS Definition-Click Here

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

Susan Burger
Director of FPA Credentialing and Workforce Development 
Nancy Craig
Director Statewide Training and Parent Advisor Liaison 
Laurie Rivera
Program Manager
518-432-0333 ext. 18