Office of Attorneys for Children


Administrative Handbook

Statutes & Court Rules


New York Children's Lawyer (newsletter)

Mental Health Professionals Resource Directory

Vendor Self-Service Portal Guide

Membership Application for Panel of Attorneys for Children (Panel Application)

Application for Felony Panel Members Seeking Limited Membership on the Family Court Panel.

Application for Recertification

Web Voucher for Representation of Children

Web Voucher for Representation of Parents

Online CLE Programs (Panel Members Only)

Live CLE Courses


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The Appellate Division, First Department is committed to maintaining the highest professional standards of attorneys who, through various publicly-funded programs within its jurisdiction, serve the State's most vulnerable populations – the indigent and the young.

Among the various court offices devoted to this purpose, the Office of Attorneys for Children (formerly the Law Guardian program) oversees the panel of attorneys that represent children and parents in family law proceedings in the Appellate, Supreme, Family and Criminal Courts. The Office develops and implements training programs for panel attorneys, is involved in planning and development of court initiatives, and oversees the payment of attorneys and experts working on behalf of children.

The Director of the Office of Attorneys for Children administers all Office programs. In addition, the Director serves on the Statewide Advisory Committee on Counsel for Children, which addresses issues involving the representation of children in the courts throughout the State.

The Office's Advisory Committee, appointed by the Presiding Justice, evaluates applications for appointment and re-certification of attorneys to the panel, reviews complaints, and addresses matters pertaining to the practice of representing children and parents. The Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Director and the Presiding Justice.

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Membership Application for Panel of Attorneys for Children (Panel Application)

Application for Recertification

Attorney for the Child Voucher

Weekend Holiday Intake Voucher

Assigned Counsel Voucher Judiciary Law § 35 (8)

State of New York Standard Voucher

Voucher for Court Reporter Services Rendered

Voucher for Assigned Counsel, Psychiatrist or Physician

18-B or Poor Person Request Transcripts

Attorney for Child Request Transcripts

Affirmation of Services for Privately Paid Attorneys for Children

Sample Court Order Appointing Privately Paid Attorney for the Child(ren)

Sample Court Order Approving Attorney for Child Compensation

Sample Court Order Authorizing Transcript of Record

Sample Order Authorizing Services other than Counsel Services

Sample Court Order Appointing Mental Health Professional

Sample Court Order for Observation and Evaluation

Substitute Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number & Certification

Attorney’s Certification of Appellant’s Continued Eligibility for Poor Person’s Relief and Assignment of Counsel

Sample Family Court Notices of Appeal

Vendor Request Form

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New York Children's Lawyer

The New York Children’s Lawyer is co-edited, and published every four months by the Attorneys for Children Directors within the Appellate Divisions in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Judicial Departments. It contains digests of every reported case in New York State involving issues relevant to attorneys for children, as well as statutory changes, a bibliography of relevant books and articles, essays on topics and issues important to the field, a Letters to the Editor section, and announcements of important developments and upcoming training sessions in all Departments.

December 2013
April 2014
August 2014
December 2014
April 2015
August 2015
December 2015
April 2016
August 2016
December 2016
April 2017
August 2017
December 2017
April 2018



Office Info

Office of Attorneys for Children
41 Madison Avenue - 39th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Phone: (212) 340-0514
Fax: (212) 720-9439

Jane Schreiber, Esq.

For information contact:

Deborah Ramilo
(212) 340-0540

Caroline Diaz
(212) 340-0595