State of New York Unified Court System

State of New York
Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Third Judicial Department
Office of Attorneys for Children
286 Washington Avenue Extension
Suite 202

Albany, NY  12203

Phone (518) 471-4825
Fax  (518) 471-4757

Betsy R. Ruslander


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The Office of Attorneys for Children provides legal services to children in Family Court proceedings and Supreme Court custody matters. More than 700 attorneys in private practice are designated by the Appellate Division as members of county panels, and are then appointed by Family Court Judges and Supreme Court Justices to represent children on a case-by-case basis. Representation is also provided in five counties by offices under agreements between the Appellate Division and qualified attorneys. In addition to overseeing panel and office operations, the Office offers attorneys a wide range of support resources, including a comprehensive continuing legal education curriculum.

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