Family Defense Teams

Attorneys, Social Workers, and Parent Advocates

Other Resources in New York City

LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today)
Provides legal information and guidance to parents and grandparents so that they can represent themselves in New York City Family Courts and secure access to community resources to support their families.



Offers resources and peer support for parents impacted by involvement with New York City’s Children’s Service. Rise’s goals include preventing unnecessary involvement with the child welfare system, reform of child welfare policy and practice, and mobilizing communities for justice.

224 W. 30th #804
New York, NY 10001


ACS Survival Guide (ACS is the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.)
This workbook for parents by parents provides a simple guide on how to navigate the NYC child welfare system. Click here to read the guide.


Cornerstone Advocacy in the First 60 Days
Learn how to achieve safe and lasting reunification for families in the first 60 days of a case. Click here to read the article from the ABA Child Law Practice.