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Jobs at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc.


Location: New York, NY

Department: Foster Care and Adoption

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms is looking to hire an attorney that will act as an in-house legal resource for the Foster Care and Adoption Department. The Attorney will support the ongoing compliance of the agency and accurately represent clients by: Attending court proceedings, reviewing court orders, filing petitions, and responding to legal inquiries. The Attorney will also act as a key component in the education of staff and management regarding best practices in court proceedings and providing preparation for testimony.

Essential Functions

  • Review all court orders issued against the agency in order to review and decide on the necessity of appeal.
  • Represent the agency by attending court hearings when a no reasonable efforts finding has been issued.
  • Collaborate with FCLS and other external legal representatives to ensure the interests of the agency are being met.
  • Draft and file TPR petitions.
  • Prepare witnesses for hearings and other court proceedings.
  • Conduct discovery, hearings, TPR trials, depositions, oral arguments and court conferences as necessary.
  • Appear in court on cases involving FCLS to ensure proper representation of the agency.
  • Review court orders to ensure that the agency is in full compliance.
  • Conduct appellate work if TPR is appealed.
  • Maintain legal tracking system.
  • Conduct legal trainings for Sheltering Arms staff.
  • Attend FTCs where other counsel is present.
  • Review court reports in high profile or complicated matters.
  • Attend all departmental meetings, agency meetings, and external trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • New York State Bar admitted.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the field.
  • Knowledge of ACS a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of Child Welfare and Family Law.
  • Experience litigating in New York Family Court
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.

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