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Council on Children

The Council on Children is comprised of representatives of all the City Bar committees dealing with children, education, family, family court, juvenile justice, and the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Also sitting on the Council are representatives of the child welfare, juvenile justice and foster care communities, including attorneys representing parents and children. Recent topics addressed by the Committee include implementation of New York’s Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP), issues impacting children’s length of stay in foster care, delays in Family Court, the need for more Family Court Judges, and the Safe Harbor Act.


Recent Reports

Comments on the Office of Court Administration’s Proposal Regarding Access to Forensic Evaluation Reports in Child Custody and Visitation Cases (March 2013) ( PDF format ) 
Subject area: Child Custody & Visitation

Testimony Before the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the Family Court commenting on the challenges facing the New York City Family Courts, the litigants and the practitioners (January 2012) ( PDF )
Subject area: Family Court

Report on A.7598/S.5456 regarding the notice of indicated reports of child maltreatment and changes of placement in child protective and voluntary foster care (June 2011)( PDF )
Subject area: Child Protective Placement/Foster Care

For the full list of committee reports click here


Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.


Of Interest

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Policy Recommendations for New York City's Next Mayor
(PDF)

Vacating Prostitution-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking, March 29, 2012 (Podcast) (Event Description)

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