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Investigator Internship

CFR seeks an undergraduate college student with a commitment to social justice issues for our Investigator Internship.

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the number of children entering foster care. CFR introduced a new model of legal services to parents charged with abuse or neglect: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams are additionally supported by Parent Advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience losing children to foster care and safely reunifying their families. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams.  CFR has more than 120 staff serving more than 2400 parents annually in Manhattan and Queens. CFR has been the primary, county-wide provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011.  In 2015, CFR expanded its practice to provide legal and social work services to parents in immigration, civil legal services and criminal matters. And in 2019, we launched two new initiatives: a Juvenile Justice Practice, to bring our model to youth being prosecuted in Family Court and in the Supreme Court Youth Parts; and a Community Advocacy Project, to represent parents during a child protective investigation (prior to court involvement) and to assist parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records.

CFR seeks an undergraduate college student with a commitment to social justice issues for our Investigator Internship.  Investigator interns will, by the end of their internship, be exposed to Investigative Training centered on parent and juvenile representation in Family Court, adolescent offender cases in the Youth Part, and criminal defense cases in Criminal and Supreme Courts.  The internship program is structured around the following pillars: Understanding Elements of Crimes and Offenses; Interview Skills; Writing Investigative Reports; Photographing for Evidence; and Record Keeping.  While some of the intern’s work will take place in the office, much of it will be out in the field—in private homes, local businesses, on the streets and in the greater community. Ideal applicants should be comfortable working all over Manhattan and Queens and should possess characteristics necessary to approach and interact with strangers about sensitive subjects.  Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative setting and be able to produce high-quality written work.

Required qualifications and abilities:

– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

– Interest in parent representation, juvenile or criminal defense and the rights of the accused

– Fluency in another language is highly desired, but not required

 

This internship is unpaid. We strongly encourage interns to apply to grants, fellowships or any other funding available through school or third-party organizations. 

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Communications Manager: Advocacy and Policy

The Center for Family Representation (CFR) has an immediate opening for a Communications Manager: Advocacy and Policy.

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the number of children entering foster care. CFR introduced a new model of legal services to parents charged with abuse or neglect: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams are additionally supported by Parent Advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience losing children to foster care and safely reunifying their families. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams. Beginning with just a handful of staff, CFR now has more than 120 staff serving more than 2400 parents annually in Manhattan and Queens. CFR has been the primary, county-wide provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011.  In 2015, CFR expanded its practice to provide legal and social work services to parents in immigration, civil legal services and criminal defense matters. In 2019, we launched two new initiatives: a Juvenile Justice Practice, to bring our model to youth being prosecuted in family court and in the criminal court Youth Parts; and a Community Advocacy Project, to represent parents during a child protective investigation (prior to court involvement) and to assist parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records. We regularly train over 500 practitioners annually around the country on strategies to promote family preservation and on holistic, interdisciplinary representation and advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that promote parent engagement and justice for families.

Under the supervision and guidance of CFR’s Director of Development and Communications, this Communications Manager:  Advocacy and Policy will work closely with CFR’s Policy and Government Affairs team and will also work closely with CFR’s Executive Director on CFR’s communication strategy with all stakeholders. This person will manage our communications strategy for social media platforms, with the press and with government and private stakeholders in an effort to increase engagement with City and State elected officials through social media posts.  The Communications Manager will also assist in developing position statements, letters to the editor and opinion pieces and will need to be both proactive and reactive to communications needs, while working towards the ultimate goal of raising awareness and heightening the impact of CFR’s programs and initiatives with the broader public. CFR will also look to this person to serve as a Subject Matter Expert on communications-related efforts and staff development.

This position will be based out of our Manhattan Office but will work closely with staff in both offices and each practice area. This person will: manage and execute a comprehensive communications strategy that includes traditional media, digital media, web, and other creative content; oversee and track  content creation and brand development, covering organization-wide content needs (e.g., fact sheets, brochures, client stories for both public and private funders and supporters and elected officials,  data visualizations) as well as campaign- or program-specific content items (e.g., media plans, social media); manage social media platforms and posts (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn), engage with online community, and grow overall follower base; monitor daily media and KPIs using technology platforms; modify communications activities, as needed, to optimize for effectiveness; create communication routines to maximize the efficient use of program content that can serve multiple purposes; identify and connect the appropriate CFR team members for any communications, public relations, or press requests; prepare and support CFR Subject Matter Experts for communications-related requests; liaise with communication managers from other public defender organizations to collaborate on  communication strategies; develop and track quantitative and qualitative metrics associated with CFR’s communications efforts; write, or review and edit external-facing printed materials (e.g., press releases, reports); manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral materials including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and CFR’s website and regular communication with elected officials and other CFR supporters; coordinate webpage maintenance–ensure that new and consistent information including article links, stories, and events, is posted regularly; and other communications support as needed.

Candidates for this position should have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in communications, including at least 3 years of advocacy and/or campaign experience.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills and demonstrated capacity to write clearly, persuasively and concisely for a range of audiences, including those who are unfamiliar with the challenges faced by CFR clients, and in multiple contexts; have experience and commitment to working on racial and social justice issues; have experience working in and with racially, ethnically and socioeconomically marginalized communities; have experience working with policy coalitions and community-based partners; have experience working with State and City elected officials and their staff is highly preferred; have familiarity with the criminal, family, civil, and immigration legal systems; have an ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people with various backgrounds, identities and lived experiences; have strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships with colleagues as well as external partners and stakeholders; have an ability to adapt communication of organization’s vision in response to current events and a changing political climate; have an ability to consider multiple perspectives, think critically, provide an analysis of communication strategies and related risks; have an ability to problem solve and implement solutions to complex communication issues; have a commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level; and be an experienced communications professional with expertise and interest in policy and advocacy for CFR’s work as public defenders and advocates for family defense and juvenile justice in New York City.  CFR strives to create an inclusive and antiracist environment for all of its staff, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected].  Please write “Communications Manager:  Advocacy and Policy” in the subject line.  No phone inquiries please.  Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

CFR has an immediate opening for a Senior Staff Attorney in in its Civil Defense Practice.

Under the supervision and guidance of CFR’s Family and Civil Defense Supervisor, this Senior Staff Attorney’s core responsibilities will be to help us further expand our interdisciplinary work and assist our clients in a wide variety of matters, including preventing eviction, securing repairs and otherwise maintaining safe housing, and obtaining and maintaining public benefits (including SSI and SSD). Senior Staff attorneys may supervise one or two staff attorneys, so prior supervisory experience, even if informal, is preferred. This is a unique opportunity for a competent and creative professional to assist CFR in expanding its civil practice and improving the stability of our clients and families.

This position will have a docket of housing cases in both Manhattan and Queens, including holdovers, nonpayment proceedings, HP actions, NYCHA and other administrative hearings.

Responsibilities:

• Monitor housing and other civil legal developments and create advisories, best practices and other resources for CFR staff;
• Assist clients in completing necessary paperwork and attending appointments if appropriate;
• Assist with supervision of less experienced civil legal services team members as needed; participate in Civil Practice team meetings as well as agency wide meetings;
• Along with a Social Work Supervisor and Litigation Supervisor, identify systemic housing and public benefits issues impacting CFR’s clients and explore advocacy to address those;
• Maintain data on their work and outcomes, including deliverables related to funding for civil legal services work; and assist with external legal education efforts, including the planning and provision of workshops, drafting and development of legal education materials, and outreach to social service and community based organizations

Qualifications:

• Candidates for this position should have a minimum of three (3) years of experience representing indigent clients in housing court and administrative fair hearings related to housing as well as public benefits.
• Experience with social security benefits, including administrative hearings, is a plus.
• Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.
• Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected] Please write “Senior Staff Attorney – Civil Defense” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Senior Staff Attorney, Juvenile Justice Practice

CFR has an immediate opening for a Senior Staff Attorney in in its Juvenile Justice Practice. (JJP)

Responsibilities:

Under the supervision and guidance of CFR’s JJP and Criminal Defense Supervisors, this Senior Staff Attorney’s core responsibilities will be to represent clients charged on juvenile delinquency matters in Family Court, as well as clients charged as adolescent offenders on cases in the Supreme Court Youth Parts, including Youth Part cases that are subsequently removed to Family Court. Senior Staff attorneys may supervise one or two staff attorneys, so prior supervisory experience, even if informal, is preferred. This is the ideal position for a professional who enjoys taking initiative and developing best practices in a new program and who enjoys the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

The position will have a caseload concentration in Manhattan, however candidates should expect to occasionally appear in Queens, to directly represent clients and to supervise other JJP staff. The Senior Staff Attorney will: work collaboratively on legal teams, comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates (clients’ legal teams may also involve staff from CFR’s immigration or housing/public benefits units); maintain new and evolving juvenile and criminal defense data in our case management system and client legal notes; keep files up to date; keep additional data related to deliverables for private funders supporting the Juvenile Justice and Youth Part practices and/or to meet with prospective and current funders; and help to inform and grow CFR’s Juvenile Justice and Youth Part practices. This person may also participate in community based outreach and presentations for families whose youth are impacted by or at risk of juvenile justice involvement. The JJP Litigation Supervisor will directly supervise this position.

Qualifications:

Candidates for this position should have a minimum of 3 years experience representing indigent clients in juvenile delinquency proceedings, matters in the Youth Part, and/or adult criminal defense, including representation of clients on pre-trial suppression hearings, trial, sentencing and or disposition hearings, on both misdemeanor and felony cases. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected]. Please write “Senior Staff Attorney – Juvenile Justice Practice” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Staff Attorney, Queens Family Defense Practice

CFR has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney in both our Manhattan and Queens offices. Due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely and initial training and direct client work will continue virtually until we have more information from New York City about plans for reopening court and ACS.

Responsibilities:

• Work as part of CFR’s interdisciplinary legal teams (comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates) to provide our clients with high quality legal defense and meet objectives such as keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and insuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification
• Represent parents in Family Court who are respondents in Article 10 and all related supplemental proceedings, including Termination of Parental Rights proceedings
• Pursue interim appeals on behalf of CFR’s clients
• Keep case data, client legal notes and files up to date
• Participate in CFR’s policy initiatives
• Work collaboratively with CFR’s Home for Good teams
• Where appropriate, supervise law school interns

Attorneys joining CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, family court, the child welfare/family regulation system, client interviewing, and other critical skills. CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in best practices in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff.

Qualifications:

• Applicants must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York and demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.
• Prior experience with public benefits, housing, criminal defense or immigration is preferred.
• Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable.
• Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please write “Staff Attorney Applicant” in the subject line and indicate your preference for a position in Manhattan or Queens. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Social Worker, Manhattan & Queens Family Defense Practice

CFR has an immediate opening for a Social Worker in our Manhattan and Queens offices. Due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely and initial training and direct client work will continue virtually until we have more information from New York City about plans for reopening court and ACS.

Responsibilities:

• Working collaboratively with attorneys, parent advocates and paralegals to represent parents in Child Protective (Article 10) and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings in Family Court
• Providing social work support and advocacy to clients
• Conducting intake and client interviews, assess clients’ needs and goals, and ensure clients are engaged in appropriate and meaningful service plans
• Referring clients for necessary services
• Maintaining contact with service providers to obtain letters for court
• Advocating for clients at ACS and foster care agency conferences
• Participating in team meetings as well as administrative meetings within CFR
• Keeping up to date client legal notes and entering data in CFR’s database

Social Workers at CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, child welfare, family court, client interviewing and other critical skills. Professional development opportunities for Social Workers may include building skills to eventually supervise MSW interns, conduct trainings and participate in CFR’s policy initiatives. Objectives of the teams include shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and ensuring families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification.

Qualifications:

• Applicants must have an LMSW or have an MSW degree and be eligible and willing to become licensed within three months of hire.
• Prior experience working in or with the NYC child welfare system or family court is preferred.
• Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable.
• Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send or email a cover letter and resume to HR at [email protected] with “Social Work Applicant” in the subject line. Please indicate your preference for a position in Manhattan or Queens. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Family Advocate, Manhattan & Queens Family Defense Practice

CFR has an immediate opening for a Family Advocate in both our Manhattan and Queens offices. Due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely and initial training and direct client work will continue virtually until we have more information from New York City about plans for reopening court and ACS.

Family Advocates are members of the social work staff.

Responsibilities:

• Working collaboratively with attorneys representing parents in Child Protective (Article 10) and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings in Family Court. Teams are comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates (parents who have successfully reunified with their children). Objectives of the teams include shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and ensuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification.
• Providing direct social work support and advocacy to clients
• Conducting intake and client interviews, assess clients’ needs and goals, and ensure clients are engaged in appropriate and meaningful service plans
• Maintaining contact with service providers, and advocating for clients at ACS and foster care agency conferences.
• Advocating for clients at ACS and foster care agency conferences
• Participating in team meetings as well as administrative meetings within CFR

Family Advocates receive supervision from Social Work Supervisors and are expected to keep case data and client legal notes, and files up to date. Family Advocates joining CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, child welfare, family court, client interviewing and other critical skills. CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff.

Qualifications:

• Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with some prior experience with the NYC child welfare, education, housing or public benefits’ systems or other social justice experience.
• Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong undergraduate academic record, strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to supporting families, and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.
• Fluency in Spanish or other foreign language is highly desirable.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send or email a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected] with “Family Advocate Applicant” in the subject line. Please indicate your preference for a position in Manhattan or Queens. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Attorney Advocate - State Central Register Fair Hearings

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the number of children entering foster care. CFR introduced a new model of legal services to parents charged with abuse or neglect: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams are additionally supported by Parent Advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience losing children to foster care and safely reunifying their families. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams. Beginning with just a handful of staff, CFR now has more than 120 staff serving more than 2400 parents annually in Manhattan and Queens. CFR has been the primary, county-wide provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011. In 2015, CFR expanded its practice to provide legal and social work services to parents in immigration, civil legal services and criminal defense matters. In 2019, we launched two new initiatives: a Juvenile Justice Practice, to bring our model to youth being prosecuted in family court and in the criminal court Youth Parts; and a Community Advocacy Project, to represent parents during a child protective investigation (prior to court involvement) and to assist parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records. We regularly train over 500 practitioners annually around the country on strategies to promote family preservation and on holistic, interdisciplinary representation and advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that promote parent engagement and justice for families.

The Community Advocacy Project expands representation by CFR in significant ways that will result in more families staying safely together, less unnecessary court involvement, and less economic hardship for child-welfare involved families. In particular, through CAP’s State Central Register advocacy we provide representation to parents to help clear their names off the register and remove barriers to the employment necessary to support their families. New Yorkers are routinely denied employment based on administrative findings of child abuse or neglect that remain accessible to employers and others for years on the state’s Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). The majority of “indicated reports” that result in an entry on the SCR have never been reviewed by a judge to determine whether the allegations are supported by evidence, or whether they warrant drastically limiting a person’s employment opportunities. The vast majority of indicated reports bear no relationship to a parent’s ability to safely perform jobs in the fields of health care, education, security, and transportation, yet these are the jobs where employers routinely check the SCR, so parents are most likely precluded from obtaining them.
Under the supervision and guidance of an attorney supervisor and CAP’s social work supervisors, the Attorney Advocate’s core responsibilities will be to work as part of CFR’s CAP to provide our clients with high quality legal defense during the SCR record challenge process; prepare and conduct legal defense at SCR hearings which includes communicating with the hearing officer, opposing counsel, clients, and other related parties about appearances, discovery, and settlement; provide SCR-related information and education to clients and staff; assist in efforts to conduct community outreach, presentations, and develop training materials for parents, mandated reporters, external stakeholders/partners and CFR staff; participate in CFR’s policy initiatives; participate in citywide SCR Practice Group and on the community outreach team; work collaboratively with CFR’s Home for Good teams; track and record activities, outcomes and deliverables for the project, and potentially meet with other funders or elected officials who have supported the project; and work on developing new internal procedures at CFR to address the impact of changes in SCR law on our clients.
This position will work with clients in both Manhattan and Queens. This will involve meeting in person with clients, CFR family defense teams and CAP staff in both boroughs, in particular hearings are conducted virtually and in person at the Bureau of Special Hearings on 125th Street in Manhattan.

Candidates for this position must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York or pending admission. Candidates should have one (1) to three (3) years of experience in fair hearings or litigation. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. Experience representing clients at fair hearings is preferred. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or other languages are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. CFR strives to create an inclusive and antiracist environment for all of its staff, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected] Please write “Attorney Advocate- State Central Register Fair Hearings” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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Paralegal Advocate - State Central Register Fair Hearings

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the number of children entering foster care. CFR introduced a new model of legal services to parents charged with abuse or neglect: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams are additionally supported by Parent Advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience losing children to foster care and safely reunifying their families. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams. Beginning with just a handful of staff, CFR now has more than 120 staff serving more than 2400 parents annually in Manhattan and Queens. CFR has been the primary, county-wide provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011. In 2015, CFR expanded its practice to provide legal and social work services to parents in immigration, civil legal services and criminal defense matters. In 2019, we launched two new initiatives: a Juvenile Justice Practice, to bring our model to youth being prosecuted in family court and in the criminal court Youth Parts; and a Community Advocacy Project, to represent parents during a child protective investigation (prior to court involvement) and to assist parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records. We regularly train over 500 practitioners annually around the country on strategies to promote family preservation and on holistic, interdisciplinary representation and advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that promote parent engagement and justice for families.

The Community Advocacy Project expands representation by CFR in significant ways that will result in more families staying safely together, less unnecessary court involvement, and less economic hardship for child-welfare involved families. In particular, through CAP’s State Central Register advocacy we provide representation to parents to help clear their names off the register and remove barriers to the employment necessary to support their families. New Yorkers are routinely denied employment based on administrative findings of child abuse or neglect that remain accessible to employers and others for years on the state’s Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). The majority of “indicated reports” that result in an entry on the SCR have never been reviewed by a judge to determine whether the allegations are supported by evidence, or whether they warrant drastically limiting a person’s employment opportunities. The vast majority of indicated reports bear no relationship to a parent’s ability to safely perform jobs in the fields of health care, education, security, and transportation, yet these are the jobs where employers routinely check the SCR, so parents are most likely precluded from obtaining them.
Under the supervision and guidance of an attorney supervisor and CAP’s social work supervisors, the Paralegal Advocate’s core responsibilities will be to work as part of CFR’s CAP to provide our clients with high quality legal defense during the SCR record challenge process; prepare and conduct legal defense at SCR hearings, which includes communicating with the hearing officer, opposing counsel, clients, and other related parties about appearances, discovery, and settlement; provide SCR-related information and education to clients and staff; assist in efforts to conduct community outreach, presentations, and develop training materials for parents, mandated reporters, external stakeholders/partners and CFR staff; participate in CFR’s policy initiatives; participate in citywide SCR Practice Group and on the community outreach team; work collaboratively with CFR’s Home for Good teams; track and record activities, outcomes and deliverables for the project, and potentially meet with other funders or elected officials who have supported the project; and work on developing new internal procedures at CFR to address the impact of changes in SCR law on our clients.
This position will work with clients in both Manhattan and Queens. This will involve meeting in person with clients, CFR family defense teams and CAP staff in both boroughs, in particular hearings are conducted virtually and in person at the Bureau of Special Hearings on 125th Street in Manhattan.

Candidates for this position should have a bachelor’s degree and at least one (1) year of related experience. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. Experience representing clients at fair hearings is preferred. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or other languages are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. CFR strives to create an inclusive and antiracist environment for all of its staff, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to [email protected] Please write “Paralegal Advocate- State Central Register Fair Hearings” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

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CFR strives to create an inclusive and antiracist environment for all of its staff, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.