The Bronx Defenders

Parent Advocate

3 weeks ago
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The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic legal defense office in the South Bronx – seeks energetic advocates with a commitment to social justice to join our Family Defense Practice as Parent Advocates for parents fighting allegations of child abuse and neglect in Bronx County Family Court.

The Bronx Defenders seeks thoughtful and dedicated Parent Advocates (PA) to join interdisciplinary teams to assist and advocate for families with open Child Welfare Family Court cases. Parent Advocates work with social workers and lawyers as part of an interdisciplinary advocacy team. They advocate for and with the client both inside and outside courtrooms, with programs, The Administration for Children's Services (ACS) and other stakeholders in the child welfare system. Parent Advocates must be comfortable working in and around family court, and with parents who are facing abuse/neglect allegations, as well as criminal charges on occasion.


  • Attending Child Safety Conferences and Family Team conferences with and as a representative of the client
  • Attending other meetings with clients at ACS and foster care agencies
  • Engaging and assessing client needs
  • Linking clients with relevant programs for substance use, anger management, parenting, and mental health services
  • Accompanying clients to appointments throughout the Bronx and NYC to ensure seamless access to services
  • Working collaboratively with clients, lawyers, social workers and other advocates
  • Conducting home and program visits
  • Assisting clients and legal team in setting goals and assessing progress


  • Two years of case management/advocacy experience OR a Bachelor's degree (preferably Bachelor of Social Work) from accredited university. In the alternative, AA plus 1 year of practical experience may suffice
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability and interest in working collaboratively
  • Experience working in and with racially and socio-economically marginalized communities
  • Commitment to social justice and defending the rights of parents charged with abuse and neglect
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Experience with family court or child welfare system strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of the Bronx a plus

To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


The application deadline is January 31, 2018, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.


Please contact Caitlin Becker, Managing Director of Social Work, via email at with any questions regarding the position.


The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.


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