Lawyers For Children (LFC) provides free legal and social work services to youth up to ages 21 whose families are in court because of abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, paternity, custody and visitation cases. We listen carefully to our clients, make sure they understand their options and protect their right to a safe, secure and supportive place to call home. LFC also works hard to help other young people in foster care by partnering with other groups to make the system work better and creating handbooks to help young people understand their rights and find support. You can learn more about LFC’s services by clicking on the words on the right.
Important Notice To:
(1) All Youth Between The Ages of 17 and 21 Who Are Currently In Foster Care and Whose Permanency Planning Goal Is To Leave Foster Care To Live On Their Own; And,
(2) All Youth Between The Ages of 17 and 21 Who Have Left Foster Care To Live On Their Own.
If you fit into either of these categories, you may be a member of the certified plaintiff class in a lawsuit filed on October 17, 2011 against the New York City Administration for Children's Services ("ACS") and the Commissioner of ACS. That lawsuit concerns your right to receive help in finding appropriate and adequate housing and to receive other help from ACS until your 21st birthday (even if you have left foster care).
The notice found at the links below (in English and in Spanish) describes the case and the proposed Settlement that may be approved by the court. If approved, this Settlement will affect the rights of all members of the class.
If you have any questions about the settlement or want more information, please call your attorney at LFC, 212-966-6420, or the Legal Aid Society, 212-577-3933.