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Children and the Law Committee

The Children and the Law Committee addresses legal issues that impact upon the quality of life for children and families. In furtherance of this mission, the Committee sponsors informational programming at the New York City Bar that highlights child welfare issues, reviews proposed legislation at both the state and federal levels, and discusses and supports innovative initiatives that advance children’s rights. The committee is also dedicated to lending support to other New York City Bar committees whose work impact upon our mission.

Recent Reports

Report on A23/S3485, re: adoption by a petitioner whose parentage is legally-recognized (May 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Adoption

Report on 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal regarding Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility ( PDF format )
Subject area: Raising the Age

Report on the Pet and Women Safety Act which would extend protection to the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence (Reissued March 2015)
Subject area: Companion Animals/Pets


For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Link Between Animal Cruelty and Family Violence: A PowerPoint

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor

Video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court