Learn More About the Field
CFR compiles many resources to do our work and make policy recommendations.
Parents being denied or hit with exorbitant bail amounts can often mean delayed reunification and their children spending more time in foster care. CFR stands with poor New Yorkers, their families, and other advocates in opposing recent attempts to delay these crucial criminal justice reforms. Read our letter to Speaker Heastie here.
CFR testified before City Council on October 31st on the importance of parents being informed of their legal rights during a child protective investigation, and prior to any court filing, as well as how outcomes for families could be improved if parents had access to lawyers and social workers during the investigation. Read the testimonies by clicking on the following links:
CFR’s Oral Testimony for the Committee on General Welfare with Bill Edits
CFR Staff Hope Lyzette Newton’s Oral Testimony for the Committee on General Welfare
CFR Staff Andrew Ford’s Oral Testimony for the Committee on General Welfare
CFR advocates for families by supporting SCR reform and Preserving Family’s Bonds Act. Learn more by clicking on the following links:
A new study conducted by NYU School of Law found that holistic, multi-disciplinary representation is more effective than traditional legal representation in keeping families together and children out of the foster care system. CFR was one of the three interdisciplinary family defense offices that was examined through the study. Read the full study here.
Learn more about foster care to understand why CFR works to keep children out of the system.
Read about child welfare to understand the lives of disadvantaged children around the city and country.