Mission & History

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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.


CFR was founded in 2002 to provide families in crisis with free legal representation and social work services to enable children to live with their parents safely.

CFR is the first organization of its kind in the country to provide an innovative model of services to low-income families facing separation: the “Community Advocacy Team” was our first name for the unique multidisciplinary teams that serve CFR families. Every CFR client works with a team of professionals comprised of a lawyer, a social worker, and a parent advocate—a trained professional who has experienced the child welfare system firsthand and has successfully reunited with her family.  The team model ensures that families access services, get fair legal treatment, and are able to better take care of their children.

CFR’s founders included attorneys who had experience working as children’s lawyers in child welfare and family court.  All of their clients wanted to stay with parents, even when those parents were struggling.  It was apparent that children would be able to do that and would do better if their parents received comprehensive social services coupled with high quality legal expertise–CFR was established to do just that.

At CFR, we firmly believe that every family matters.