Family Court Legal Services (FCLS) is responsible for representing Children’s Services in child neglect and abuse
cases, permanency hearings, and other child welfare proceedings in the New York City Family Courts. Legal case assistants work collaboratively with attorneys, case-planners, and other child welfare stakeholders to further the agency mission on behalf of children and families.
Specific duties will include:
•Establish regular contact with each Court Part in order to be readily available to receive Court Orders for State Central Register clearances and Court-ordered investigations (COI’s) on custody, visitation and guardianship cases;
•Communicate with the Court regarding any questions or issues involving handles Court Orders involving Children’s Services that arise on delinquency and PINS cases;
•Interview parties and children on the cases to gather information needed by the Court and Children’s Services;
•Track the progress of each custody, visitation and guardianship case involving Children’s Services until the case is completed and there are no further Court Orders.
•Assist the attorneys with other case-related matters not inconsistent with the main Liaison functions.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in "1" above.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers Committed to Diversity
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New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.