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To find out about the requirements and the process of becoming an attorney for children, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Sept. 2014

Prosmem Sept. 2014

Introductory Conference Agenda - Fall 2014

Before you may become an attorney for children you must be in good standing, have attended a two-day seminar, either "Fundamentals of Attorneys for Children Advocacy" or "Introduction to Effective Representation of Children," have completed six credit hours of online Domestic Violence training, have been attorney of record in three Family Court proceedings under certain articles of the Family Court Act, and be approved by a Family Court Judge.

The next "Fundamentals/Introduction" seminar for which applications will be accepted will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18-19, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel (Century House) in Latham, NY. NOTE: This seminar used to be held twice a year in both the Fourth Department and the Third Department. As a result of recent trends, we will be presenting this training in collaboration with the Third Department. It will be held only once a year in the Fourth Department, in March; and once in the Third Department, in September, with attorneys from both Departments invited to both programs.

You begin the process by filling out an application and return a hard copy with an original signature to Linda Kostin, Assistant Director, Office of Attorneys for Children, 50 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604. by FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014. Please do not fax or email applications.

You will be informed whether you have been invited to sit for the training by August 11, 2014. Please refer to the Memo to Prospective AFC for other important information. Any questions, after you have first referred to the FAQ link on this website, should be directed to Jennifer Nealon by telephone at 585-530-3177.

Thank you for your interest in the quality representation of children.