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NYC adopted the multi-disciplinary institutional legal service provider model some time ago and my understanding is that it is in place across the city. There are providers in each major borough. The Bronx defenders Office in the Bronx, the Centre for Family Representation in Manhattan and Queens and the Brooklyn Defenders Office in Brooklyn. They all have similar models of family defence but they are not exactly the same. If you google any of these organisations you can find out what they do in more detail. A key advantage of this system is that family members get a lawyer who specialises in this work as well as peer and social work support.
Jessica Cocks