The Attorneys for Children of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo are appointed to represent children in Family Court proceedings.
The Attorneys for Children (AFC) Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau provides legal representation and counsel to the majority of children in Erie County who are abused, neglected, in foster care, or involved in the juvenile justice system as Juvenile Delinquents (JD’s) or Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS).
Representing clients ranging in age from newborns to age 21 in the Erie County Family Court, the AFC Unit is “dedicated to excellence in child centered legal representation and social advocacy.” To that end, we use a multifaceted approach, with a Masters level social worker and/or a specialized paralegal assigned to collaborate with the attorney, who usually remains the child’s counsel throughout the case. We emphasize frequent contact with our clients, knowing that before we can speak for a child, we must listen to the child. Then, with the benefit in-depth investigation and informed advocacy, the team works to develop a comprehensive plan for advocating for each client’s wishes, rights and interests.
We are primarily assigned by the court to these types of cases:
Established concurrently with the New York State’s new Family Court Act in 1962, the Attorneys for Children Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo celebrated 50 years of service to children in Erie County in 2012. We continue to be dedicated to providing effective legal counsel and advocacy, and improving the lives of the children whose circumstances have brought their families into the Family Court.