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Supreme Court of the State of New York
Fourth Judicial Department

Application Period Closed

The application period to become an attorney for children is currently closed.

Interested in Becoming an AFC?


The application period to become an attorney for children is currently closed.

Before you may become an attorney for children you must be in good standing, have attended a two-day seminar, "Introduction to Effective Representation of Children," completed six credit hours of online Domestic Violence training, been attorney of record or co-counsel in three Family Court proceedings under certain articles of the Family Court Act, participated as counsel or co-counsel in, or observed, two hearings in Family Court (other than child support hearings) at which testimony was taken, and be approved by a Family Court Judge.

The next "Introduction" seminar for which applications will be accepted will be held in Latham, NY in October 2016. You begin the process by filling out an application that will be posted on this page in July 2016 and returning it to Linda Kostin, Assistant Director, Office of Attorneys for Children, 50 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604. The application deadline, the date by which you will be informed whether you have been invited to sit for the training, and other important information, will be posted on this page with the application. If you want the application mailed to you in July, please email your name and address to 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.