Results & Reach

“The Center for Family Representation (CFR) saves lives. I could not have gotten through that awful time without your guidance, support and compassion. I learned that I did not have to be alone in this process…CFR was literally the most helpful, kind and life-saving agency.” -Susan

Our model dramatically shortens the time children spend in the foster system. A major research study by NYU School of Law and Action Research, funded by the Casey Family Foundation, confirmed what CFR’s data has shown all along.

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families with over 5,000 children were served last year. We help families avoid the foster system, improve visiting arrangements for separated families, and work towards reunification.


of our clients avoid the foster system altogether. Since 2007, our median length of stay is 6.4 months, compared to 11.5 months for all children citywide before CFR began working with parents in a high volume capacity.


of our client’s children were safely returned from the foster system to their families last year.


in government savings since 2007. Our model not only produces results, it’s also cost-effective.


total cost of a CFR team no matter how many children are in a family. In comparison, it costs a minimum of $77,000 a year to keep one child in the foster system in New York City.


instances where CFR improved visiting arrangements for parents with children in the foster system last year. We help parents stay close to their families while working towards reunification.


commissions that CFR staff serve on addressing family regulation system reform. We are recognized experts in family preservation, interdisciplinary team practice, and securing justice for families.


number of practitioners CFR trains across the country annually, including judges, caseworkers, and attorneys representing parents and children.


CFR is the only NYC-based provider serving on the New York State Commission on Parental Legal Representation, which recommends statewide reforms to improve representation and supports for parents facing family court prosecution and the foster system.

Marc, a client of CFR’s, recently reunified with his daughter. This video tells the story of how CFR worked with Marc through his challenges with the family court system, how he lost his child to the foster system, and how he successfully reunified with his daughter with the help of CFR.