- Join us next Friday, March 7th for the Annual Adoption Law and Policy Conference at New York Law School. Topics include Adoption by Same-Sex Couples following Windsor, The Indian Child Welfare Act, and International Adoption. To register for this event, please click here.
- Mayor Bill De Blasio has just named Steven Banks, the attorney-in-chief at the Legal Aid Society since 2004 as the new Commissioner of the city’s Human Resources Agency. The HRA provides temporary social service and economic assistance to New York’s individuals and families in need. In a statement about the new appointment (as reported by the New York Law Journal), Banks said that one of his top priorities with HRA is to ensure that every client is treated with dignity. Other appointments announced today include Nisha Agarwal as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Lorraine Grillo as President of School Construction Authority. To read more, click here (nyc.gov) and here (NYLJ).
- Members of the City Council have called for Mayor de Blasio to provide further assistance for homeless children and families in New York City. Recently, the City announced a plan to remove several hundred homeless children and their families from shelters with deplorable conditions.