Lawyers for Children, Inc.

aka LFC   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.lawyersforchildren.org

Mission

LFC is dedicated to protecting the rights of individual children in foster care in New York City and compelling system-wide reform of the foster care system. Every child we represent receives free legal and social work services in cases involving foster care, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, custody, and visitation.

Our attorneys and social workers collaborate on every case to insure that when a desperate child is placed in foster care, their temporary home provides them with the safety, comfort and support that every child needs. And we reduce the time a child must spend in foster care by vigorously advocating for court ordered plans that achieve permanency for children by returning them to their families or speeding their adoption.

Our goal is to help find a safe, permanent and loving home for each child we represent by providing them with the highest quality legal and social work services, as well as to advocate for the rights of children in foster care on a system-wide basis.

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Karen J. Freedman, Esq.

Main address

110 Lafayette St, 8th floor

New York, NY 10013

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EIN

13-3202043

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Individual Representation: Lawyers For Children represents approximately 4,000 children each year in foster care review, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, custody and visitation proceedings in New York State Family Court.

Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation and Education Project: Helping children in foster care to protect themselves from sexual abuse and re-victimization through a comprehensive program of education and advocacy.

Impact Litigation: Lawyers For Children initiates, monitors and coordinates advocacy and educational strategies necessary to effectuate positive systemic reform efforts on behalf of children in foster care in the five boroughs of New York City. These reform efforts also include advocacy in family court proceedings, legislative analysis and reform, individual appeals, impact litigation, and community, institutional, and judicial education.

Special Project on Behalf of Adolescents Confronting Transition (ACT) out of Foster Care: This project provides legal and social work services to a critically under-served population in foster care ? adolescents in and aging out of foster homes and congregate care (residential treatment facilities, residential treatment centers, and group homes). This project focuses assisting adolescents in foster care in accessing the community-based support they need to succeed as independent adults, by breaking the cycle of poverty, homelessness and violence in their families.

Special Project for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth in Foster Care: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("GLBT") young people in foster care must contend with their own unique issues, challenges, and adversities, in addition to those faced by all children in foster care. LFC launched this special project in 2000, to work with self-identifying GLBT youth in foster care to address many of these issues through direct advocacy, coalition building, and the creation of much needed resources, such as a legal rights handbook and a comprehensive resource guide.

Immigration Rights Project for Children in Foster Care: The Immigration Rights Project uses a special provision in the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Statute, that entitles children who are in foster care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment to obtain green cards.

Special Project on Behalf of Children in Foster Care Exposed to Domestic Violence: In November of 2002, LFC launched a project to provide specialized and comprehensive legal services to children in foster care who have been exposed to domestic violence.

Groundbreaking Rights Handbooks for Children in Foster Care: Including "Your Rights in Foster Care," our three-volume legal rights handbook for children in foster care, and "You Are Not Alone," our first-of-its-kind handbook for children who have been sexually abused and their caretakers.

Child-Centered Visitation Center: Addressing the critical shortage of spaces where children can safely meet with members of their family, and meet privately with their LFC attorneys and social workers.

www.lawyersforchildren.com: LFC's website makes important information available and accessible to young people, and enhances the ability of our attorneys and social workers to communicate quickly and effectively with our clients and the network of people and institutions that can assist us in providing the highest level of legal advocacy and social work services to children in foster care.

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Awards

Hodson Award 2008

American Bar Association

Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare 2009

New York State Bar Association

2009 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation 2009

New York State Bar Association

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Lawyers for Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/12/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John M. Shapiro

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