A Unique Approach
At CFR, we believe that every family matters. That’s why every CFR client receives the services of our innovative team model. The team consists of a lawyer, a social worker, and a parent advocate, who work closely together to offer distinct and important forms of professional support to parents. This groundbreaking approach was the first of its kind in the nation and gives every family the individual attention they need to stay safe and intact.
The CFR lawyer provides quality legal representation in court. The social worker gets to the root of the problem and helps the client access stabilizing services, such as housing, employment training, drug treatment, and domestic violence counseling. Finally, the parent advocate, a trained professional who has experienced the child welfare system and can empathize with the struggles vulnerable families face, provides emotional support and helps the client engage in services, ensuring follow through.
Using this interdisciplinary team approach, CFR works to prevent foster care placement, and when it cannot be avoided, to shorten the length of a child’s stay in care in order to minimize the consequences of prolonged separation from families, schools, and friends.
Due to our success advocating for families since our inception, CFR’s team model has become the standard for parent representation throughout the city, state, and country. And as CFR grows in scale, our teams continue to work on the ground—in the courtroom and in the community—to help more families than ever live safely together.