Lawyers for Children

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Lawyers For Children (LFC) was created in 1984 with the mission to advocate on behalf of children in foster care in New York City.[1] On August 8, 2008 the organization received the American Bar Association's Hodson Award.[2][3]

Lawyers For Children has represented more than 40,000 foster, adopted, and abused children and young adults. Lawyers For Children participated in the case Nicholson v. Williams, a class action suit, "that forced the NYC Administration for Children’s Services to do case-by-case evaluations to determine if removal is necessary rather than automatic if a parent is a victim of domestic violence."[4] LFC also advocates for immigration rights, mental health services, and child sexual abuse[5] evaluations and education. LFC has been recognized for its best-practices advocacy model in which attorneys are paired with social workers to represent each and every LFC client.

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  1. ^ http://www.lawyersforchildren.org Lawyers For Children Official Site
  2. ^ http://www.abanet.org/govpub/hodson.html National Award Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division's National Awards
  3. ^ http://www.abanet.org/govpub/annual.html Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division's National Awards 2008
  4. ^ Nicholson v. Scoppetta, 116 Fed. Appx. 313, November 29, 2004.
  5. ^ http://www.lawyersforchildren.org/sitecontent.cfm?page=whatwedo-aidtovictims CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE EVALUATION & EDUCATION PROJECT