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Parent Advocate, Policy

O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de New York, NY
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Resumo dos Detalhes

Tipo de Emprego
Tempo Integral
Data de Início
9 de setembro de 2024
Prazo para Inscrições
9 de agosto de 2024
Nível de Experiência
Recém formado
USD $59.900 - $73.600 / ano


About CFR

The Center for Family Representation Inc. (CFR) is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that serves primarily Black and Brown families and youth in Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx with an interdisciplinary legal defense model that serves more than 2400 clients every year. In 2024, CFR will expand our family defense practice to Richmond County. CFR was originally founded in 2002 to dramatically change the trajectory of indigent parents being prosecuted by the City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Our goal is to defend and protect our clients’ rights, reduce the harm of family separation and prevent or minimize the time any child spends in the foster system.

 CFR provides interdisciplinary family defense with a model that was unique at our founding and that is now being replicated nationally: we assign every client an attorney and a social work staff member, and teams have the support of parent advocates, who are parents with direct personal experience of being investigated and prosecuted by ACS. CFR was the first agency in the country to integrate parents with lived experience into legal teams and now has 7 parent advocates working in all three of our family defense locations. CFR’s Community Advocacy Project represents parents during a child protective investigation (to avoid court involvement where possible) and assists parents in clearing their names from state maltreatment records.

As an agency committed to securing justice for families, we built the Youth Defense practice (YDP) to defend youth at risk of family separation through incarceration. YDP uses the same interdisciplinary model to represent youth being prosecuted in Queens and Manhattan in Supreme Court Youth Parts, during Probation Adjustment and in Delinquency proceedings in Family Court. CFR’s Home for Good program provides legal and social work services to CFR clients in immigration, civil legal services and criminal defense matters, to afford clients an efficient and well-coordinated one-stop solution to a range of issues that threaten family stability. 

Recognized as experts in our fields, we annually train over 500 practitioners in the city, state and around the country on strategies to promote family preservation and interdisciplinary representation, and we provide community based “Know Your Rights” presentations to parents, youth and service providers. We advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that reduce the harm of family separation, and promote parent engagement and justice for youth and families.

Job Description

The Parent Advocate for Policy will serve on CFR’s interdisciplinary policy team, working to advance anti-racist policies that seek to eliminate or reduce the harms of the family regulation, adult and youth incarceration, immigration, and housing systems. This position will have a family defense focus, but may also involve work in our other practice areas. This position will be responsible for overseeing policy initiatives, under the supervision of CFR’s Supervisor for Policy and Government Affairs, and in collaboration with the rest of the policy team for overseeing policy initiatives and projects as well as cultivating and maintaining CFR’s work with elected officials. This person will collaborate with the entire policy team to develop and further CFR’s policy priorities. They will help coordinate and support the activities of CFR’s External Engagement Team (EET) and other ad hoc policy projects that involve staff at all levels and participate in coalitions of advocates and impacted communities.

As a member of the Parent Advocacy Department, this position will also work collaboratively with attorneys and social work staff under the supervision and guidance of CFR’s Parent Advocate Director, Supervisor, or Senior Parent Advocates. They will be a part of CFR’s interdisciplinary teams representing parents and caregivers in Family Policing (Article 10) and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings in Family Court.   In addition to providing our clients with high quality legal defense and zealous advocacy, objectives of the teams include keeping children out of the foster system, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster system, promoting quality visitation arrangements and ensuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expedite safe and lasting reunification.

Parent Advocates, like all CFR staff, can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, family policing, family court, client interviewing, and other critical skills.  CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in best practices in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff. 

This position will receive supervision from the Senior Policy Counsel and a member of the Parent Advocate Management Team. 

Specific Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: 

Direct Client Advocacy 

  • provide support and practical information to parents;
  • help to advocate for parents with foster system providers, the Administration for Children’s Services, and other social service agencies;
  • attend Family Court appearances; 
  • provide information to staff about available public benefits for parents;
  • advocate at various meetings in the field such as at foster care agencies, the Administration for Children’s Services’ offices, public assistance, housing, Medicaid, schools, and other important venues with parents; 
  • keep case data and client legal notes and files up to date;
  • attend regular group supervision and/or department meetings as is necessary

Policy Advocacy

  •  Under the supervision of the Supervisor for Policy and Government Affairs, help design, develop, and implement CFR's policy priorities alongside the Policy team. 
  • Participate in policy meetings internally and with external partners (Including other nonprofits, government agencies, and elected officials)
  • Participate in coalition meetings (for example, the Parent's Legislative Action Network) and lobbying opportunities (for example, Family Advocacy Day)
  • Support the Policy Team’s efforts to amplify impacted voices and incorporate them into our work 
  • Collaborate with the policy team in the planning of op-eds, social media campaigns, policy platform, and policy calendar
  • Conduct community outreach to further CFR’s legislative agenda
  • Provide testimony (verbal or written) at city council hearings,
  • Speak at  rallies or other public events in consultation with other members of the policy team 
  • Support the Policy Team’s work in the Fordham Family Defense Clinic as needed


CFR currently has offices in Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens. It is anticipated that, in Fall 2024, we will be opening another office in Richmond County. The preferred base for this role’s client advocacy work is Manhattan but policy work may take place in any of the 4 boroughs. If candidates have a preference for one of CFR’s other boroughs they should raise it during the interview process.


CFR's Parent Advocates are trained professionals who have had direct experience being investigated for child maltreatment by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or other family policing agency, and being prosecuted in family court or lost temporary custody of their children, to the foster system or otherwise, due to the ACS (or family policing) involvement.

Fluency in Spanish, experience with public benefits, housing, and immigration issues are all desirable. Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a commitment to using their knowledge to help other parents involved in these systems.

Ideal candidates will also have: 

  • At least 2 years of experience doing client advocacy 
  • Strong time management  and communication skills 
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Knowledge of community resources in 1 or more of the boroughs in which CFR practices 
  • Experience in community organizing and advocacy 
  • A familiarity of CFR’s Policy Platform 

About CFR

The Center for Family Representation Inc. (CFR) is an award-winning, innovative law and policy organization that serves primarily Black and Brown families and youth in Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx with an interdisciplinary…


CFR offers a generous compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 403(b) and vacation benefits. The salary, benefits, and employment policies relevant to this position are governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between CFR and the CFR Union, part of ALAA (Association of Legal Aid Attorneys) UAW 2325.

CFR offers a generous compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 403(b) and vacation benefits. The salary, benefits, and employment policies…


New York, NY, USA

Como se inscrever

Candidates should submit their application through CFR’s Career Portal.

Candidates should submit their application through CFR’s Career Portal.


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