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What is the purpose of the Attorney for Children?

The purpose of the Attorneys for Children (hereinafter AFC) Program is to provide representation to minors in many kinds of court proceedings (such as juvenile delinquency, custody and visitation, and child protective proceedings). There are approximately 850 attorneys who serve as AFCs on panels in the twenty two counties comprising the Fourth Department. Please note that the title "Attorney for Child" replaces the previous reference to "Law Guardian". Stacey Balduf has been appointed as an Attorney for Children and/or Law Guardian for over 25 years.

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