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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Lawyers for Children

A BBB Accredited charity


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Lawyers for Children
110 Lafayette Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Year, State Incorporated:
1984, New York
Stated Purpose:
" When children are in crisis, Lawyers For Children is at their side to provide protection, support and hope. LFC offers free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children in high conflict custody cases, insuring that every young person that we represent finds the love, safety and true sense of family that they need. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Lawyers for Children meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Since 1984, the attorneys and social workers at Lawyers For Children have been transforming the hopes of children in foster care into reality, by providing critically needed, top quality legal representation and social work services. Every day, LFC staff can be found in the courtroom and in the community, advocating on behalf of children in New York City whose parents or guardians have voluntarily placed them into foster care, and children who are the subject of abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, custody, visitation and adoption proceedings. We listen carefully to our clients, help them understand their options and vigorously advocate to protect their right to a safe, secure and supportive place to call home. For some clients, this means returning to live safely with their families. For others, it means speeding their adoption or, for many of our clients who are over 18, setting out on their own with the information and support necessary to establish homes of their own. In addition to our unique, multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy on behalf of individual children, we are committed to continually explore new and innovative special projects to protect and advocate for children, including: Education Advocacy Project for Youth in Foster Care, Mental Health Advocacy Project for Youth in Foster Care, Public Policy & Special Litigation, Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation & Education Project, Adolescents Confronting Transition (ACT) Project, Project on Behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in Foster Care, Project on Behalf of Children in Foster Care Exposed to Domestic Violence, Immigration Rights Project for Children in Foster Care, Groundbreaking Handbooks for Children in Foster Care.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Karen J. Freedman, Esq., Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. John M. Shapiro
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Managing Director/Chieftain Capital Management
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 3.7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,190,134, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Lawyers For Children's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Grant - State of New York




Donated services - contribution


Other income


Donated services - expense


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative 11% 
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Beginning net assets $1,388,735
Ending net assets 1,662,259
Total liabilities 94,563

Total assets



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