Keeping families together since 2002

We work to prevent or minimize the time any child spends in foster care or any young person spends in jail. We firmly believe that Every Family Matters.

Together we can make an #impact

Your generosity helps support the families and youth we serve everyday.

20th Anniversary Gala Update

With the generous giving of our guests and sponsors, the gala raised over $600,000 for CFR.

Statement on the Fatal Police Shooting of Jayland Walker

CFR Denounces SCOTUS Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Events & Trainings

Check out our events page for events and trainings presented by CFR staff.

Justice in Action: Spring 2022

Our latest newsletter includes a letter from our CEO, policy platform updates, and more.

2,400 Clients


Served by CFR in
New York City each year.

Clients Served by CFR in New York City each year.

Working in the courts and in the community, we provide free legal representation, social work services and mentoring to support parents and youth, primarily in Queens and Manhattan. Beginning as a family defender agency, working primarily with parents in family court, we’ve expanded to advocate for parents during investigations, and in civil, immigration and criminal matters. And recently, we’ve brought our service model to youth at risk of family separation through incarceration. Since 2002, we estimate we’ve saved the government over $48 million in reduced foster care costs. More importantly, we’ve made it possible for thousands of children and youth to grow up in their homes and communities.