The New York City Law Department, Family Court Division
The Family Court Division plays a critical role in promoting the well-being of the City's children and protecting the general public. In prosecuting juvenile crime, the Family Court Division seeks to ensure that those who commit delinquent acts will be held accountable for their misconduct and afforded an opportunity for rehabilitation. The Division's work in the juvenile justice system also encompasses assisting victims of youth crime to secure ready access to a broad array of community-based services, including counseling, crisis intervention, and safety planning. In its civil practice, the Family Court Division aids families by bringing enforcement proceedings designed to obtain necessary financial support for children.