Our Mission is to Keep Families Together
CFR provides families in crisis with free legal representation and social work services to enable children to stay with their parents safely. We work to keep children out of foster care or keep their time in care to a minimum. At CFR, we believe that every family matters.
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After my case was closed, I hid my problems instead of reaching out for help. Because of that, I almost did lose my children again. That’s when I finally learned that you can’t let shame make you hide. - Parent advocate Ambrosia Eberhardt #childwelfare https://t.co/tFrkfMBPqm
CFR in the News
Michele Cortese, Executive Director of CFR, and Martin Guggenheim, Professor of Clinical Law at NYU, were both interviewed by Law360 for an article entitled, "Why An Attorney May Not Be Enough In Child Welfare Cases."
The article depicts the results of a research study conducted by researchers at NYU School of Law and Action Research about the impact of a multidisciplinary approach on child welfare cases.
Here are some highlighted quotes from the article:
"Some critics were potentially saying, ‘Are those kids as safe? If kids come home fast, is there a chance they’re coming home too fast?’” Cortese said. “This study ... indicated that our clients’ children come home faster than when parents are represented by a solo practitioner, and there’s no increased repeat maltreatment.
"There’s nothing that indicates they’re not as safe," Cortese said.
Read the full article here.