Search

Job

Paralegal Advocate - State Central Register Fair Hearings

Posted by
New
|
Published 22 days ago

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the number of children entering foster care. CFR introduced a new model of legal services to parents charged with abuse or neglect: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams are additionally supported by Parent Advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience losing children to foster care and safely reunifying their families. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams. Beginning with just a handful of staff, CFR now has more than 120 staff serving more than 2400 parents annually in Manhattan and Queens. CFR has been the primary, county-wide provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011. In 2015, CFR expanded its practice to provide legal and social work services to parents in immigration, civil legal services and criminal defense matters. In 2019, we launched two new initiatives: a Juvenile Justice Practice, to bring our model to youth being prosecuted in family court and in the criminal court Youth Parts; and a Community Advocacy Project, to represent parents during a child protective investigation (prior to court involvement) and to assist parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records. We regularly train over 500 practitioners annually around the country on strategies to promote family preservation and on holistic, interdisciplinary representation and advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that promote parent engagement and justice for families.

The Community Advocacy Project expands representation by CFR in significant ways that will result in more families staying safely together, less unnecessary court involvement, and less economic hardship for child-welfare involved families. In particular, through CAP’s State Central Register advocacy we provide representation to parents to help clear their names off the register and remove barriers to the employment necessary to support their families. New Yorkers are routinely denied employment based on administrative findings of child abuse or neglect that remain accessible to employers and others for years on the state’s Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). The majority of “indicated reports” that result in an entry on the SCR have never been reviewed by a judge to determine whether the allegations are supported by evidence, or whether they warrant drastically limiting a person’s employment opportunities. The vast majority of indicated reports bear no relationship to a parent’s ability to safely perform jobs in the fields of health care, education, security, and transportation, yet these are the jobs where employers routinely check the SCR, so parents are most likely precluded from obtaining them. 

Under the supervision and guidance of an attorney supervisor and CAP’s social work supervisors, the Paralegal Advocate’s core responsibilities will be to work as part of CFR’s CAP to provide our clients with high quality legal defense during the SCR record challenge process; prepare and conduct legal defense at SCR hearings, which includes communicating with the hearing officer, opposing counsel, clients, and other related parties about appearances, discovery, and settlement; provide SCR-related information and education to clients and staff; assist in efforts to conduct community outreach, presentations, and develop training materials for parents, mandated reporters, external stakeholders/partners and CFR staff; participate in CFR’s policy initiatives; participate in citywide SCR Practice Group and on the community outreach team; work collaboratively with CFR’s Home for Good teams; track and record activities, outcomes and deliverables for the project, and potentially meet with other funders or elected officials who have supported the project; and work on developing new internal procedures at CFR to address the impact of changes in SCR law on our clients.

This position will work with clients in both Manhattan and Queens. This will involve meeting in person with clients, CFR family defense teams and CAP staff in both boroughs, in particular hearings are conducted virtually and in person at the Bureau of Special Hearings on 125th Street in Manhattan.

Candidates for this position should have a bachelor’s degree and at least one (1) year of related experience. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. Experience representing clients at fair hearings is preferred. CFR strives to create an inclusive and antiracist environment for all of its staff, and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE. 

The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that was founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent families impacted by child welfare and to reduce the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Excellent benefits package.

Excellent benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or other languages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish or other languages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
40 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013, United States
Suite 605

How to Apply

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to recruitment@cfrny.org. Please write “Paralegal Advocate- State Central Register Fair Hearings” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each Candidate to acknowledge receipt of materials.

Candidates should send or e-mail a cover letter and resume (including phone and email contacts) to recruitment@cfrny.org. Please write “Paralegal Advocate- State Central Register…

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.