Center for Family Representation

The Center for Family Representation (CFR), is a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that provides free legal and social work services to low-income parents whose children are the subject of family court neglect proceedings and are at risk of entering foster care. CFR was the first organization of its kind to provide parents with an interdisciplinary advocacy team to achieve its mission of keeping families together. Our comprehensive model ensures that families can successfully reunify, or whenever possible, keep them from being separated in the first place- breaking the detrimental effects of foster care. Our principal activities are to: 

  1. represent indigent parents charged with neglect and abuse in Family Court;
  2. provide training and technical assistance on child welfare and Family Court practice throughout New York and around the country; and
  3. promote policy reform that ensures due process for parents and child welfare practices that strengthen families.
  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: NY (Manhattan), Queens
  • Area of law: Family & Juvenile
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, General Public, Immigrants, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Low Income, Prisoners/Criminal Defendants, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Bengali, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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