When children are in crisis, Lawyers For Children is at their side to provide protection, support and hope. LFC offers free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children in high conflict custody cases, insuring that every young person that we represent finds the love, safety and true sense of family that they need.
A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF OUR WORK
Since 1984, the attorneys and social workers at Lawyers For Children have been transforming the hopes of children in foster care into reality, by providing critically needed, top quality legal representation and social work services. Every day, LFC staff can be found in the courtroom and in the community, advocating on behalf of children in New York City whose parents or guardians have voluntarily placed them into foster care, and children who are the subject of abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, custody, visitation and adoption proceedings.
We listen carefully to our clients, help them understand their options and vigorously advocate to protect their right to a safe, secure and supportive place to call home. For some clients, this means returning to live safely with their families. For others, it means speeding their adoption or, for many of our clients who are over 18, setting out on their own with the information and support necessary to establish homes of their own.
In addition to our unique, multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy on behalf of individual children, we are committed to continually explore new and innovative special projects to protect and advocate for children, including:
Lawyers For Children is consistently recognized for its best-practice model. In 2009, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) selected LFC to receive its Award for Outstanding Achievements in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Quality Mandated Representation, and LFC's Executive Director, Karen Freedman, Esq., was awarded the NYSBA's Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. In 2008, the American Bar Association selected LFC to receive the prestigious Hodson Award for its exceptional performance as advocates for children in New York City's family court system. Other examples of LFC's awards and recognition include The 2005 Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court awarded by The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and The National Association of Family and Conciliation Courts identification of LFC as one of just ten children's programs across the nation to be included in their publication, "Exemplary Court Programs and Practices: Profiles of Innovative and Accountable Court-Connected Programs.
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