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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 to Federal Agencies Regarding Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Program's Suspension And Termination Policies (June 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Adoption subsidies

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

Age of Criminal Responsibility (October 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Statement on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

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

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

Related Events

10/29: Children Migrating Alone & The Trafficking Victims Protection Act