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.
Early Defense and SCR AdvocacyIs ACS investigating you or someone you know?
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Americans who have spent time in foster care are far more likely than other adults to lack a college degree, health insurance and a stable health care provider, according to a new federal analysis @nytimes https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/01/22/us/ap-us-foster-care-woes.html
“Recent studies suggest that policies that place blame on mothers only heighten a newborn’s suffering by preventing infants from accessing potent care for reducing withdrawal symptoms: contact with mom.” @Salon #separation https://www.salon.com/2020/01/11/for-babies-born-into-addiction-punishing-the-mother-is-no-cure_partner/
“The role that poverty plays in child welfare decision-making is a topic that has yet to be meaningfully confronted & addressed. Poverty is a risk factor for neglect, but poverty does not equate to neglect.” @ChronicleSC #keepingfamiliestogether https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/time-for-child-welfare-system-to-stop-confusing-poverty-with-neglect/40222
CFR in the News
"Poor New Yorkers of color aren’t receiving the same access to justice that wealthy families do, and the city agency charged with supporting families, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), wants it to stay that way." Read the full article here.
Michele Cortese, Executive Director of CFR, Martin Guggenheim, CFR Board member and Professor of Clinical Law at NYU, and Eden Karnes, Senior Staff Social Worker, were quoted in a recent article by The Chronicles of Social Change entitled, "This 23-Year-Old's Newborn Was Taken By the Government. Here's How She Got Her Back." Read the full article here.