Families and Children


ABA Center on Children and the Law

The ABA Center on Children and the Law’s mission is to improve children’s lives through law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. The website of the ABA Center on Children and the Law contains information related to all of its areas of expertise, including child abuse and neglect, child welfare system enhancement, foster care, family preservation, youth aging out of foster care, and permanency for children.



Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs, established by Jim Casey in 1966, is an advocacy organization focused on the issue of foster care. Casey Family Programs provides direct service and conducts extensive research in the area of child welfare, both of which inform recommendations for system improvements.



Child Welfare League of America

An association of 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies, the Child Welfare League of America covers a broad range of issues affecting children, including juvenile justice, behavioral health, and child, youth, and family development. An advocacy section lists the League’s current legislative priorities.



Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund’s mission is to reduce the numbers of neglected, sick, uneducated, and poor children in the United States. Its information-packed website outlines its various initiatives and programs, and contains reports and statistics about American children today.



Citizens’ Committee for Children

Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. has been a child advocacy organization since 1944. Citizens’ Committee for Children conducts research and provides expertise to legislators and citizens regarding all issues that impact the lives of children.




Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) was established in 1996 to provide legal information to families in order to help them navigate the complexities of family court. LIFT promotes community education, publishes legal information guides, and empowers family court litigants through innovative programming.



National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides technical assistance and research to help courts, judges and staff address juvenile and family-related issues. The Council's research arm, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (http://www.ncjj.org), is the country's only non-profit research organization concentrating solely on the juvenile justice system and the prevention of juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.



National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency offers expertise in juvenile justice, criminal justice, child welfare, education, adult protection, and more. Features on its website include access to a multimedia publications library, online sign-up for a bi-monthly newsletter, a frequently updated blog, and upcoming events and webinars.



New York City Administration for Children’s Services

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) was created in 1996 to ensure the safety and well-being of New York City’s children. ACS is the child welfare agency of New York City and is divided into eleven divisions: Administration, Child Care and Head Start, Child Protection, Community and Government Affairs, Family Court Legal Services, Family Permanency Services, Family Support Services, Financial Services, General Counsel, Policy and Planning, and Quality Assurance.



New York City Family Court

The New York City Family Court hears cases involving children and families and is comprised of five counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond. The Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson is the Administrative Judge of New York City Family Court, which has jurisdiction over child protective, adoption, custody and visitation, domestic violence (family offense), foster care approval and review, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, persons in need of supervision (PINS), and child and/or spousal support matters.



New York State Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is the statewide agency in New York that is responsible for preventive and protective services for children and families. In addition, OCFS is responsible for state juvenile justice programs, coordinates New York State’s response to the needs of Native American communities, oversees child care programming and services for vulnerable adult populations.



Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has been charged by Congress to tackle the challenges that juveniles in crisis pose to the nation. On its site, a long list of topics and subtopics cover areas like child protection, corrections/detention, courts, delinquency prevention, gender/race/ethnicity, and more.



The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice

Attorneys from the Juvenile Rights Practice represent children, serving as “law guardians”, on 90% of family court cases in New York City. Areas of practice include child protection, juvenile delinquency, termination of parental rights, and persons in need of supervision (PINS).



Youth Communication

Youth Communication, currently publishing three youth-written magazines, cultivates reading and writing skills of young people in New York City. Represent, a national bi-monthly magazine, is a magazine written for and by youth in the foster care system.


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