Our Model

Our Model

At Lawyers For Children, a lawyer and social worker, both with extensive experience and training in child advocacy, work together on every case. In addition, LFC is the only children’s law office in the country to employ two full-time Youth Advocates (young adults who have successfully aged out of foster care) to provide additional support for older clients.  Each LFC team is thus comprised of individuals with expertise in both the law and the full range of existing services available to ensure a successful future for every one of our young clients.

Since 1984, we have represented almost 30,000 children in New York City court proceedings involving: voluntary foster care placement, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, paternity, custody and visitation.

We listen carefully to our clients, help them understand their options and vigorously 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 knowledge and support necessary to establish homes, obtain jobs and embark on successful careers of their own.

In addition to our pioneering multi-disciplinary approach to individual representation, LFC also works to achieve systemic change on behalf of all children in foster care.

LFC also offers specialized services for high-risk children in foster care.  More information about our special projects can be found here:

Volunteer models appear in all photographs that depict LFC clients. Photographs courtesy Ben Fink Shapiro Studio and Jasmin Ortiz.