CENTER FOR FAMILY REPRESENTATION

Every Family Matters

aka CFR   |   New York, NY   |  www.cfrny.org

Mission

Our mission is to keep families together. We provide families in crisis with free legal assistance and social work services to enable children to stay with their parents safely. CFR works to keep children out of foster care entirely or keep their time in care to a minimum. By minimizing time in care, CFR helps to eliminate the detrimental long-term effects of foster care on thousands of children and their families.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Michele Cortese Esq.

Main address

40 Worth Street Suite 605

New York, NY 10013 USA

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EIN

51-0419496

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we aim to address is families being separated through foster care. We address the problem by providing families in crisis with free legal assistance and social work services to enable children to stay with their parents safely. CFR works to keep children out of foster care entirely or keep their time in care to a minimum. By minimizing time in care, CFR helps to eliminate the detrimental long-term effects of foster care on thousands of children and their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interdisciplinary Family Defense Teams

CFR's Interdisciplinary Family Defense Teams successfully combines the model of an attorney, a social worker, and a parent advocate to represent parents charged with neglect or abuse in Manhattan and Queens Family Courts. CFR was the first organization in the country to employ parent advocates who have direct past experience with losing their children to foster care and successfully re-unifying their families and who serve as mentors to clients. By combining legal and social work advocacy, we consistently keep half our clients' children out of care and significantly reduce foster care stays for children who must enter care. We save millions in tax dollars and more importantly permit children to grow up in their own families.

Population(s) Served
Families

Annually, CFR provides training and technical assistance to more than 500 professionals across the country, including judges, on our approach to advocacy for poor families facing foster care and related legal challenges. To date, we have worked with practitioners in 14 states, who hope to replicate some or all of our Interdisciplinary Cornerstone Advocacy model. CFR senior staff regularly present at national conferences and sit on advisory boards and work groups directed toward legislative and policy reform to benefit indigent families.

Population(s) Served
Families

Families at risk of foster care often face several challenges in addition to a family court case, especially in areas of public benefits and housing. An interruption in public benefits, like Medicaid, can mean a family can no longer access needed services; a job loss may mean a parent cannot pay rent; either can lead to children entering foster care. Our Housing Specialist and Housing Attorney intervene quickly to help parents obtain and sustain important public benefits and housing.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2017, CFR served nearly 3,000 families (including over 1,000 new clients), 419 children safely left foster care and reunified with their families. For children in foster care, CFR obtained improved visitation arrangements in 1,512 instances, 1,100 parents received assistance with culturally competent and individually tailored services plans (like domestic violence or mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and parenting skills). Attorney and social work staff advocated at 3,338 in-court and out-of-court conferences. CFR conducted 28 external trainings for 620 practitioners across the country. Over 50% of CFR's clients children never entered foster care and for those that did, their length of stay was significantly shorter than City and State medians. The minimum cost of keeping one child in foster care in New York State is $30,000 per year. CFR's services, however, cost just $6,500 per family, regardless of the number of children.

Since 2007, CFR's services have reduced the cost of foster care by more than $37 million.

Financials

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Operations

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Board of directors
as of 3/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

S. Penny Windle

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Jane Spinak

Columbia University School of Law

Shiva Farouki

Non-Practicing Attorney

Margaret Dale

Proskauer Rose LLP

John Newman

Retired, Sidley Austin LLP

Philip Segal

Segal & Greenberg LLP

Martin Guggenheim

New York University School of Law

Genevieve Christy

Center for Family Representation

Claire James

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Christopher Karagheuzoff

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Martha Lorini

Burson-Marsteller

Riche McKnight

Endeavor

Howard Seife

Norton, Rose Fulbright LLP

Brian Steinwurtzel

GFP Real Estate, LLC

Laura Warner

Philanthropist

Jeffrey Kessler

Winston & Strawn LLP

Patrick Toussaint

Marcus by Goldman Sachs

S. Penny Windle

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/21/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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