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Family Ties

Representing Formerly Incarcerated Women with Children in Family Court

By Lauren Shapiro, Lynn Vogelstein & Jennifer Light

Since the enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the adoption rate for foster care children has accelerated, creating a significant impact on incarcerated women and their families. In response, South Brooklyn Legal Services created Family Ties, a legal services project tackling the challenge of helping formerly incarcerated women maintain relationships with their children by providing legal advocacy in family court as well as in social service agencies.

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