MFY Legal Services and Private Placement Adoption

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Pro Bono in New York webinar series presents

MFY Legal Services Inc. and Adoption: An Introduction to MFY Legal Services Inc.'s Kinship Caregiver Law Project and a Substantive Training on Private Placement Adoptions in Family Court

(Recorded on December 14, 2010)

Description of Session: In New York City, over 300,000 children are cared for by grandparents or other relatives. In many cases, these children have been with a relative caregiver from birth. In June 2006, MFY launched the Kinship Caregiver Law Project, an initiative to help bring greater permanency in the lives of children who are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives by connecting families that provide kinship care with pro bono private attorneys to represent them in custody, guardianship, and adoption matters. The goal of the project is to help stabilize families, promote children's security, and help prevent children from entering the foster care system.

MFY will present substantive training related to Custody and Guardianship of children by non-parents.

This session is FREE.

Please note this training does not provide CLE credit.

Presenters: Ramonita Cordero, Supervising Attorney, and Amy Roehl, Staff Attorney, at MFY Legal Services, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 2pm - 3pm ET.

About MFY Legal Services:

MFY Legal Services Inc.'s mission is to ensure that no New Yorker is denied justice because he or she cannot afford an attorney. Since 1963, MFY's practice has successfully combined essential legal services to low-income individuals with strategic litigation to change the institutional structure that creates and sustains poverty. During its history MFY has served tens of thousands of low-income New Yorkers and won numerous test cases and class action lawsuits. MFY's attorneys and supervisors who handle 5,000 cases a year in housing, public benefits, civil and disability rights, employment, elder law, consumer rights, and family law.

About Pro Bono Net (PBN): Pro Bono Net ( is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net's program's include,, and Pro Bono Manager. Pro Bono Net's web platforms have been adopted in 30 states and regions, reaching approximately two-thirds of the poverty population and lawyers in the United States.

About Pro Bono in New York: The goal of this new series is to increase the number of attorneys involved in pro bono work in New York. Each webinar will highlight a NYC-based pro bono program and/or substantive legal topic, offering a virtual orientation session to attorneys wanting to learn how to get involved. This series has been funded by the New York Community Trust.