Helpful Links

There are many websites that can give you more help and information. Click on the general category below to see a list of sites on that topic:

New York Courts

Family Court - General information by county and court forms available to download and print.

Criminal Court - General information.

New York State Court System Information - All New York Courts.

Supreme Court (handles criminal felony cases and non-criminal civil cases) - general information.

Legal Services

AARP - Legal information for grandparents.

Advocates for Children – Legal services for families who are experiencing problems in obtaining appropriate educational services for their children.

CERA Legal Hotlines - Links to free legal hotlines for seniors.

Center for Family Representation - Legal help for people with ACS involvement.

GMHC Legal Unit - Legal services and advocacy for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV Law Project – Free civil legal services for HIV-positive individuals.

Her Justice – Free legal representation for low-income women in family, matrimonial and immigration law.

LawHelp- Information on how to access free legal services nationwide.

Lawyers for Children – Legal services for children in foster care.

Legal Aid Society – Free legal services.

Legal Services of New York – Free legal services for low-income New Yorkers.

New York City Bar Justice Center - Free legal information and advice.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest – Legal assistance in civil matters such as housing, civil rights and civil liberties, disability rights, employment, and discrimination.

New York Legal Assistance Group – Legal advice and representation to low-income clients.

New York Peace Institutes - Provides free mediation services in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Contact them to discuss mediating parenting matters ("custody & visitation") outside of the Family Court.  

The Door – Legal and social services for youth ages 12 - 21.

Government Agencies

ACCESS NYC - a free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State, and Federal human service benefit programs.

Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

Administration for Children and Families - Head Start Bureau

Board of Elections - Voter registration for New York City residents.

Circle of Support - ACS support group for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents.

Department of Youth and Community Development - A list of Fatherhood Initiative providers that serve fathers and their children.

District Attorney’s Offices - (the District Attorney prosecutes crimes):

New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board – Information on filing an NYPD complaint.

New York City Commission on Human Rights - Information on filing discrimination complaints.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Information on obtaining a birth or death certificate or requesting changes.

New York City Department of Homeless Services – Community homeless prevention services.

New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access - Information on public health programs and eligibility guidelines for uninsured New Yorkers:

New York City Police Department - FAQs.

New York City Website – Listing and information for all NYC Government agencies.

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal - Community-based housing organizations.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance - Child support information and pamphlets available for download.

New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program - A list of certified providers throughout the state that help separating or divorcing parents better understand the effects of their breakup on their children and give them resources to make it easier. Or download directly here.

Office of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Prevention - Frequently asked questions.

Sheriff or Police Departments – Nationwide listings.

Social Security Administration

Criminal Justice System Information

Arraignment Information provided by law firm Shally & Murray.

Correctional Association of New York - Advocacy organization for better criminal justice policies.

Desk Apperance Ticket (DAT) Information provided by law firm Shally & Murray.

The Bronx Defenders - FAQs on criminal law.

Legal Aid Society - FAQs and publications on criminal law.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - FAQs and publications about the criminal justice system. - Materials for attorneys, social service providers, and policy reform advocates on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings.

Women's Prison Association - Provides services and advocacy to women who have current or prior involvement in the criminal justice system.

Crime Victim Services

New York State Attorney General’s Office - Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights. Grassroots Project - Directory of agencies nationwide providing assistance to crime victims.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - The Nation's Resource Center for Child Protection.

National Center for Victims of Crime - Information and assistance to all crime victims and an online library of publications.

National Center for Victims of Crime - Information for teen victims of crime.

National Center for Victims of Crime - Information and assistance for women victims of domestic violence.

National Crime Victim Bar Association - Information for victims about starting civil cases against their perpetrators.

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault - Information and resources concerning sexual violence in New York City.

New York State Crime Victims Board - Information for crime victims about getting assistance and benefits.

Safe Horizon – Information and assistance for victims of crimes, including domestic violence (all NYC boroughs).

US Department of State Child Abduction Webpage - assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.

Services for Those Accused or Convicted of Crimes and Their Families

Columbia University Law School - A manual on the rights of somebody who is incarcerated.

Fortune Society - Services to formerly incarcerated people and at-risk youth.

New York State Unified Court System - Criminal justice system handbook written for defendants.

New York State Department of Correctional Facilities - Locate an inmate in any state correctional facility.

NYC Department of Correction Inmate Look-up Service - Locate an inmate in a NYC jail using basic information.

NYC Department of Correction - Info on how to send packages to inmates, the rules on visiting an inmate, addresses of NYC correctional facilities, FAQs, and more.

Osborne Association - Services for the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and their families.

Women's Prison Association - Services and advocacy for women who have current or prior involvement in the criminal justice system.

Women in Prison Project - Services to formerly-incarcerated women, including leadership training.

Sites for Grandparents or Other Relative Caregivers

AARP - Legal information for grandparents.

AARP Grandcare Support Locator - database which allows kinship caregivers to search for specific types of groups and services within their State or jurisdiction.

Brooklyn Grandparents Coalition - Support for grandparents.

MFY Legal Services - Kinship Caregiver Law Project - Matches grandparents and other kin caregivers with private pro bono attorneys from well-established firms who represent caregivers in custody, guardianship and adoption proceedings.

NYC Department for the Aging Grandparent Resource Center - provides information, peer counseling, referrals to community services and support groups specifically grandparent caregivers.

NYS Kinship Navigator - Provides information and referrals to kinship caregivers across New York State.

Other Helpful Links

The Beehive - Information and resources regarding money, health, jobs, school and family in NYC.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Glossary of child welfare terms translated into Spanish.

Child Welfare Organizing Project –Information and support for parents whose children are in foster care.

Citizenship Works - Provides information about eligibility for citizenship through naturalization, as well as the naturalization process.

Immigrants Rights and Services Manual - A manual issued by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President that provides important information to newly-arrived New Yorkers -- ranging from health care, education, housing and voting to deportation and detention, consumer rights, domestic violence and small business information.

Medicare Rights Center - Information on Medicare Rights.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association - Providing advocacy and resources for lawyers who represent low-income clients.

New York City Youthline - Hotline providing various resources to NYC youth.

New York Debt Help - Helpful resource about debt collection. - Supports lawyers who are providing legal assistance to prisoners (convicts and pre-trial detainees) with respect to the conditions of their confinement or their treatment by prison personnel.

Single Parent Resource Center

United Neighborhood Houses – Information on community or neighborhood centers which provide a wide range of social services.

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