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Advocates for Children of New York


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Other Education Issues

About Advocates for Children of New York

Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.

At Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), we are dedicated exclusively to protecting every child’s right to an education, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.

For 50 years, our staff of attorneys and education specialists have successfully helped hundreds of thousands of families by providing free legal and advocacy services, including representation at school-related hearings and appeals, and teaching families what they need to know to stand up for their children’s educational rights.

Call our help line Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (866) 427-6033

We serve the following area:

  • Bronx County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County

We speak the following languages:

  • Cantonese Chinese / ??
  • Creole / Kreyòl
  • French / Français
  • Mandarin Chinese / ??
  • Portuguese / Português
  • Spanish / Español

Please, keep in mind that we only provide assistance on education-related matters (birth through the transition out of high school). This includes information and technical assistance via phone and email; workshops and trainings for parents, professionals, and organizations; and full representation for families meeting income guidelines.

Populations assisted: children in early childhood education programs; students with disabilities; students who are over-age for their grade level; immigrant students and English Language Learners; students facing disciplinary issues; students involved in bullying; youth involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system; students in foster care; students in temporary housing; students attending charter schools; LGBTQ youth.

This organization is accessible by wheelchair and provides access for the hearing impaired.



Full Legal Representation
Brief Advice
Self-Help Materials


Monday: 10 am - 4 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


State: New York
County: New York
Zipcode: 10001