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.
Under supervision, each Legal Case Assistant is assigned to work with specific IOC agencies. The LCA is responsible for coordinating the work of Family Court Legal Services attorneys, various divisions of ACS, the provider agencies and other family court stakeholders, including parents’ attorneys and law guardians.
The LCAs is responsible for ensuring that the provider agencies (1) comply with permanency hearing report submissions (2) comply with court orders (3) adhere to required case workers court appearances (4) receive notification of no reasonable efforts findings. Additionally, the LCA assist in troubleshooting issues related to the Legal Tracking System including submission of PH reports, updating LTS regarding agency staff changes, placement changes and adoptions and any other emerging issues as it relates to FCLS court practice.
Each month the LCA meets with the provider agency permanency hearing liaison and discuss up-coming permanency hearings reports which will become due and provides a calendar of the same by borough, date, court part and judge/referee. The LCA gives the provider agency copies of recent court orders and follows up to ensure compliance. The LCA provides the foster care agencies with a copy of its monthly court calendar which the agency caseworker is required to attend.
When a caseworker fails to appear in court, the LCA notifies the worker and the agency liaison by email and telephone to determine if such absence was unpreventable. The LCA keep track of all caseworker non-appearances by agency and provides a weekly report regarding the same to various divisions of ACS. When the court makes a finding of no reasonable efforts to achieve the permanency goal, the LCA is responsible for sending a letter of notification to the agency director and various divisions within ACS.
In addition to the work with the IOC agencies, the LCA provides essential support to the FCLS attorney staff with case preparation. The Legal Case Assistants prepare subpoenas, assist with legal research, obtain court documents from family court and criminal court, respond to demands for case records, problem solve individual cases, research appropriate programs for families and act as a liaison with the ACS office of Placement regarding placement issues.
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.
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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.