family court


Taxpayer Spending on Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Kids Surges, but Evaluation Lags

An Imprint review of the research finds that rigorous evaluation of court-appointed child advocates is limited, while taxpayer funding is up.


Justice Department Freezes Funding for National Child Advocates Nonprofit Amid Questions Over Money Management

The stepped-up oversight has resulted in staff furloughs at the 39-year-old National CASA/GAL Association for Children.


A New Case Against Family Courts

A prominent attorney’s book argues that, contrary to their therapeutic reputation, family courts have long dished “punishments by other names.”


New York Attorneys and Human Service Workers Get Pay Increase in $229 Billion Budget

New York's $229 billion budget includes pay increases for attorneys representing low-income residents and human services workers.


Top New York City Law Firm’s New Head Vows to Fight for Families

Tehra Coles always knew she would be an attorney. But after interning with the NY State Defenders Association, there was no turning back.


New York Judicial Commission Calls out Lack of Diversity on the Family Court Bench

A new report calls for greater demographic balance on the Family Court bench, noting that “the judiciary should reflect the diversity of the communities interacting with the courts.”

    Theater Brings Healing For New York’s Incarcerated Girls


    Theater Brings Healing For New York’s Incarcerated Girls

    In New York, a community-based nonprofit offers performing arts as therapy to girls placed in the Brentwood Residential Center, a juvenile facility for low-level offenders.

    Judge Brenda Freedman


    A Frank Conversation with a Judge on the Juvenile Justice Bench in New York

    Serving Erie County, New York in the Youth Part and Family Court, Judge Brenda Freedman discusses her career path and changes to the juvenile justice system.

    Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts


    Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts

    New York lawmakers have agreed to add six judges to the Family Court bench along with 14 new Supreme Court justices spread across the state.