Children’s Rights

The Children’s Rights Division attorneys represent the overwhelming majority of children who are the subject of cases before the Rockland County Family Court. Formerly known as Law Guardians, our attorneys are now referred to as “Attorneys for the Child” and play a critical role in Family Court proceedings.

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The Role of Children's Rights Attorneys

The role of the Children’s Rights attorneys acting as the Attorneys for the Child is to provide legal representation, express the clients’ wishes to the court, and safeguard the legal rights of these clients. They are assigned by the Family Court judges and remain active through the original case and any supplemental proceedings, which frequently takes place over a period of years. To enhance the quality and expand the scope of advocacy, the Children’s Rights Division has a social worker on staff to ensure that the educational, social, and psychological issues that arise in Family Court proceedings are adequately addressed.

Each year, Legal Aid of Rockland County
represents Children in Family Court




Our attorneys for children are appointed by the family court and advocate for the children in cases involving:

abuse and neglect
juvenile delinquency
PINS Petitions
custody and visitation
Immigration - Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
family offenses
foster care
permanency hearings

Our experienced, caring staff can protect your rights and help you understand your options.