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Children's Justice Demands Racial Justice

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, Lawyers For Children stands in solidarity with the Black community, including our Black colleagues, friends, and our young clients.

Court Rules Against Unnecessary Foster Care Placement

Court Rules Against Unnecessary Foster Care Placement

A New York State Appellate Court issued a crucial decision on July 16th, finding that the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, or ICPC, does not apply when an out-of-state, non-respondent parent seeks custody.

Immigration Detention

VICTORY: Court Rules Arrest Warrants for Youth in Foster Care Illegal

n a major victory for our clients and all young people in foster care, a New York State Appellate Court, in an unanimous opinion, barred child welfare agencies from using arrest warrants to return young people back into foster care.

Warrants for Foster Youth

LFC Argues Against Arrest Warrants for Foster Youth

Earlier this month, Lawyers For Children filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) use of arrest warrants to return young people to foster care and the Family Court’s authority to grant them.

Immigration Detention

LFC Strongly Opposes Proposal to Detain Immigrant Children Indefinitely Citing National Child Welfare Standards

On November 6, Lawyers For Children submitted public comments strongly urging the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health & Human Services (HHS) to abide by the longstanding Flores Settlement Agreement that prevents immigrant children from being unnecessarily detained and maintain policies that protect immigrant children in federal custody.

Immigration Detention

Federal Judge Strikes Down Zero-Tolerance Family Separation Policy.

On June 26th, a federal court in San Diego ordered the Trump Administration to reunify children under 5 with their families within two weeks and all other children within 30 days. The preliminary injunction also calls on the government to stop separating families at the border.


Lawyers For Children Founder & Executive Director Honored by American Bar Association Section of Litigation

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation presented its 2018 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award to Karen J. Freedman, the Founder & Executive Director of Lawyers For Children (LFC) at its annual conference on May 3rd in San Diego.


Addressing Fear and Uncertainty: LFC Statement on Protecting Children's Rights

Lawyers For Children was founded to protect the rights of some of our society’s most vulnerable children.  Every day, we use the power of the law to vigorously advocate for our young clients in and outside of foster care, who face incredible obstacles in their daily lives.


Epic Foundation Taps Lawyers For Children to Join International Portfolio

Lawyers For Children among 10 new grantees for Epic Foundation, which seeks to bridge the gap between philanthropists and high-impact social change organizations focused on children and youth


Landmark Decision Expands Narrow Definition of “Parent”

In a victory for children as well as for the LGBT community, the New York Court of Appeals has recognized the rights of parents to seek custody and visitation with their children, regardless of whether they have a biological or adoptive connection to the child...

Seth Gelblum

In Memoriam: Seth Gelblum (1954-2016)

It is with deepest sadness that the board, staff and young clients of Lawyers For Children mourn the death of our dear friend and founding board member, Seth Gelblum...

Lawyers For Children Successfully Opposes Settlement

Lawyers For Children Successfully Opposes Settlement that Would Curtail Advocates’ Ability to Bring Impact Litigation

Lawyers For Children is pleased to report a recent victory in the ongoing fight for reform to the foster care system. In the summer of 2015, a class action lawsuit was brought against the city...

New York Law Journal

Karen Freedman, Executive Director, was selected by the New York Law Journal as a 2016 honoree for Lawyers Who Lead By Example

The New York Law Journal announces the 2016 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono. The attorneys will be featured in a special section and honored at a dinner on Sept. 20...

Standing Up Against Budget Cuts

Standing Up Against Budget Cuts

Every day, we stand by our clients in court and fight for their rights. We also advocate for them at City Hall, Albany, the White House, and in the halls of power by sharing their experiences and using the power of the law...

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