Attorneys for Children provide legal services to children in Family Court proceedings and in Supreme Court custody matters. Nearly 500 attorneys in private practice are designated by the New York State Appellate Divisions 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.

Attorneys for Children at The CDS Law Firm

Attorneys Lorraine Silverman, Kayla Leder, Joe Williams, and Rebecca Wager serve as Attorneys for Children in Albany County Family Court, Albany County Supreme Court, Rensselaer County Family Court, and Rensselaer County Supreme Court, and the Appellate Division Third Department’s Assigned Counsel Program.

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think – Christopher Robin.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Our Client Meeting Room

At Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, the Attorneys for Children have a special room that we created especially for the purpose of meeting with our Child-Clients. We know that it can be intimidating to meet with a grown-up who you have never met before, so we made sure to make our meeting room as welcoming as possible. Our waiting room for parents and guardians is comfortable and down the hall, and our staff members are always on hand for questions that may arise while the meeting is taking place.

Attorneys for Children Room 5
Attorneys for Children Room 8

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine – Eeyore.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“The things that make me different are the things that make me – Piglet.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Attorneys for Children Room 1
Attorneys for Children Room 6

“It’s hard to be brave,” said Piglet, sniffing slightly, “when you’re only a Very Small Animal.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Information and Resources for Parents/Guardians of our Child-Clients

Bill of Rights for Children in Custody Cases
https://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/6jd/tompkins/family/rights.shtml

Bill of Rights for Children in Foster Care
https://thecdslawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/OCFS-Bill-of-Rights-for-Children-in-Foster-Care.pdf

Child Abuse Prevention Resources
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/prevention/resources.php

Child Protective Services
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/cps/FAQ.php

Child Support
https://childsupport.ny.gov/DCSE/HomePage

Children’s Centers in the Courts
Albany County Family Court and Rensselaer County Family Court each have childcare centers available. For more information and to determine availability, please visit http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/childrenscenter/centers_a.shtml

Child Care for Children with Disabilities
https://www.health.ny.gov/community/special_needs/

Co-Parenting Classes
https://saratogacff.org/programs/
https://www.onlineparentingprograms.com/online-classes/co-parenting-divorce-class.html

Co-Parenting Communication Tools
https://appclose.com/
https://talkingparents.com/home
https://www.ourfamilywizard.com/

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Forms & Resources
Know Your Rights (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Crime Victim, Housing, Employee, Public Benefits, Child Protective Services, Voting): https://opdv.ny.gov/know-your-rights

New York State Court Forms
http://ww2.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt/domesticviolence.shtml

Equinox Albany
https://www.equinoxinc.org/page/domestic-violence-services-15.html

YWCA Schenectady
https://www.ywca-neny.org/dv/

Saratoga Center for the Family
https://saratogacff.org/our-services

Drug/Alcohol Counselors
https://findaddictiontreatment.ny.gov/

Drug & Alcohol Testing
http://www.netesting.net/
https://www.soberlink.com/

Help Paying for Child Care
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/subsidy/help.php

Families Facing Deportation and Immigration
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/research-resources/resources-for-families-facing-deportation-separation/

Paid Family Leave Works
https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2022

Resources available to Foster Parents
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/fostercare/requirements.php#support

Translation Services
https://nycourts.gov/courthelp/goingtocourt/interpreters.shtml

Attorneys for Children Room 2
Attorneys for Children Room 7

“You find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Legal Assistance and Information for Unrepresented Litigants in Family Court

How to Apply for Assigned Counsel: The Office of the Public Defender, the Office of the Alternate Public Defender, and 18B Attorneys are assigned by the Court to represent individuals who qualify financially free of charge in the following areas of Family Court: Custody and Visitation; Child Abuse/Neglect or the Termination of Parental Rights; Adolescent Offenders; Paternity; Child Support; Family Offenses; and Adoption of Children.

When you bring a petition or are the respondent in a petition in any of the above-mentioned areas, you will receive a notice to appear in Court. At your first appearance, the Court will advise you of your right to counsel and ask you if you can afford an attorney. If you tell the Court that you cannot afford an attorney or would like an attorney assigned to represent you, you will be given an application to determine your eligibility for assigned counsel. If you have filed a petition and would like an application for assigned counsel so that you have an opportunity speak with an attorney before your next court appearance, please contact the following to request an application for assigned counsel:

Albany County Family Court
AlbanyFamilyCourt@NYCourts.gov
Phone: (518) 285-8600

Rensselaer County Family Court
rensselaerfamilycourt@nycourts.gov
Phone: (518) 453-5515

Your application will be reviewed by the Court and if you meet the financial eligibility guidelines for assigned counsel, a qualified attorney will be assigned to handle your case.

If you do not qualify for assigned counsel or intend to represent yourself, you can find information at https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/Family/custody.shtml.

For limited legal advice, you can contact the Albany County Bar Association’s Family Court Help Center at https://albanycountybar.org/?pg=helpcenter.

Attorneys for Children Room 3
Attorneys for Children Room 4

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Attorneys for Children provide legal services to children in Family Court proceedings and in Supreme Court custody matters. Nearly 500 attorneys in private practice are designated by the New York State Appellate Divisions 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.

Attorneys for Children at The CDS Law Firm

Attorneys Lorraine Silverman, Kayla Leder, Joe Williams, and Rebecca Wager serve as Attorneys for Children in Albany County Family Court, Albany County Supreme Court, Rensselaer County Family Court, and Rensselaer County Supreme Court, and the Appellate Division Third Department’s Assigned Counsel Program.

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think – Christopher Robin.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Our Client Meeting Room

At Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, the Attorneys for Children have a special room that we created especially for the purpose of meeting with our Child-Clients. We know that it can be intimidating to meet with a grown-up who you have never met before, so we made sure to make our meeting room as welcoming as possible. Our waiting room for parents and guardians is comfortable and down the hall, and our staff members are always on hand for questions that may arise while the meeting is taking place.

Attorneys for Children Room 5
Attorneys for Children Room 8

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine – Eeyore.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“The things that make me different are the things that make me – Piglet.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Attorneys for Children Room 1
Attorneys for Children Room 6

“It’s hard to be brave,” said Piglet, sniffing slightly, “when you’re only a Very Small Animal.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Information and Resources for Parents/Guardians of our Child-Clients

Bill of Rights for Children in Custody Cases
https://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/6jd/tompkins/family/rights.shtml

Bill of Rights for Children in Foster Care
https://thecdslawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/OCFS-Bill-of-Rights-for-Children-in-Foster-Care.pdf

Child Abuse Prevention Resources
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/prevention/resources.php

Child Protective Services
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/cps/FAQ.php

Child Support
https://childsupport.ny.gov/DCSE/HomePage

Children’s Centers in the Courts
Albany County Family Court and Rensselaer County Family Court each have childcare centers available. For more information and to determine availability, please visit http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/childrenscenter/centers_a.shtml

Child Care for Children with Disabilities
https://www.health.ny.gov/community/special_needs/

Co-Parenting Classes
https://saratogacff.org/programs/
https://www.onlineparentingprograms.com/online-classes/co-parenting-divorce-class.html

Co-Parenting Communication Tools
https://appclose.com/
https://talkingparents.com/home
https://www.ourfamilywizard.com/

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Forms & Resources
Know Your Rights (Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Crime Victim, Housing, Employee, Public Benefits, Child Protective Services, Voting): https://opdv.ny.gov/know-your-rights

New York State Court Forms
http://ww2.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt/domesticviolence.shtml

Equinox Albany
https://www.equinoxinc.org/page/domestic-violence-services-15.html

YWCA Schenectady
https://www.ywca-neny.org/dv/

Saratoga Center for the Family
https://saratogacff.org/our-services

Drug/Alcohol Counselors
https://findaddictiontreatment.ny.gov/

Drug & Alcohol Testing
http://www.netesting.net/
https://www.soberlink.com/

Help Paying for Child Care
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/subsidy/help.php

Families Facing Deportation and Immigration
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/research-resources/resources-for-families-facing-deportation-separation/

Paid Family Leave Works
https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2022

Resources available to Foster Parents
https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/fostercare/requirements.php#support

Translation Services
https://nycourts.gov/courthelp/goingtocourt/interpreters.shtml

Attorneys for Children Room 2
Attorneys for Children Room 7

“You find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Legal Assistance and Information for Unrepresented Litigants in Family Court

How to Apply for Assigned Counsel: The Office of the Public Defender, the Office of the Alternate Public Defender, and 18B Attorneys are assigned by the Court to represent individuals who qualify financially free of charge in the following areas of Family Court: Custody and Visitation; Child Abuse/Neglect or the Termination of Parental Rights; Adolescent Offenders; Paternity; Child Support; Family Offenses; and Adoption of Children.

When you bring a petition or are the respondent in a petition in any of the above-mentioned areas, you will receive a notice to appear in Court. At your first appearance, the Court will advise you of your right to counsel and ask you if you can afford an attorney. If you tell the Court that you cannot afford an attorney or would like an attorney assigned to represent you, you will be given an application to determine your eligibility for assigned counsel. If you have filed a petition and would like an application for assigned counsel so that you have an opportunity speak with an attorney before your next court appearance, please contact the following to request an application for assigned counsel:

Albany County Family Court
AlbanyFamilyCourt@NYCourts.gov
Phone: (518) 285-8600

Rensselaer County Family Court
rensselaerfamilycourt@nycourts.gov
Phone: (518) 453-5515

Your application will be reviewed by the Court and if you meet the financial eligibility guidelines for assigned counsel, a qualified attorney will be assigned to handle your case.

If you do not qualify for assigned counsel or intend to represent yourself, you can find information at https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/Family/custody.shtml.

For limited legal advice, you can contact the Albany County Bar Association’s Family Court Help Center at https://albanycountybar.org/?pg=helpcenter.

Attorneys for Children Room 3
Attorneys for Children Room 4

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The content on this webpage is intended for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Every situation is different and should be carefully discussed with an attorney before taking action.