The COVID-19 crisis affects us all. As always, the Center for Family Representation (CFR) is working to keep families together. Our attorneys, social workers, and parent advocates continue to support families whose children are at risk of foster care or incarceration in Manhattan and Queens. Most courts are now using phone or video for hearings. You can reach CFR staff by email, text, or phone. If you are a CFR client, please call 212-691-0950 if you cannot reach your defense team or if you have a question about your case. Español
Are you a parent or caretaker in Manhattan or Queens?
Has ACS—the Administration for Children’s Services—told you to come to or call into a child safety conference or Family Court?
If you answered yes to both questions and need legal help, please do this:
We are lawyers, parent advocates, and social workers who represent parents in Family Court for free. We do not work for ACS. We are here to represent you in the case that ACS is bringing against you in Family Court. Please do not discuss your case with anyone until you call us and speak with us. If someone does not answer when you call, please leave your number or email address.
Are you being investigated by ACS?
If so and you live in Queens or Manhattan, you can email [email protected].
If your child is the subject of a police investigation and you are summoned to Family Court in Queens or Manhattan, you can email [email protected].
Do you need help clearing your name from the State Central Register?
If so, you can email [email protected].
We are committed to serving you during this difficult time.
#BHM – Black Families Are Resilient. Read our statement now.
Families deserve respect. The so-called ‘Child Welfare’ system is really a Family Regulation System; and it has over-scrutinized, investigated, and surveilled Black and Brown families, while resting on the false premise that this regulation and separation are necessary to keep children safe.
Read our letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to pass a suite of bills aimed at helping the family regulation system move from a framework of racially-based surveillance and punishment towards a system that supports and empowers Black and brown families.
Black lives matter.
Being safe means not living in fear that the same people charged with protecting you could take your life or that of a loved one without repercussion. Read our statement now.
As an agency that has spent nearly 20 years advocating for more than 10,000 Black and Brown parents whose children are at risk of being placed in foster care, we believe that this moment is a time to recognize that it is not just our policing system that denigrates and destroys the lives of people of color. Read our statement here.
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