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Family Court

The Family Court Unit of the Onondaga County Attorney’s Office represents the Department of Social Services in child abuse and neglect cases, terminations of parental rights, foster care review cases and all other related matters before the five Family Court Judges. The role of the Family Court Unit is overwhelmingly crucial to protecting children from physical, sexual and psychological abuse and neglect as well as promoting stable, productive futures for otherwise fragile lives.

Our attorneys also prosecute juvenile delinquency (JD) cases and persons in need of supervision (PINS) cases in Family Court. By doing so, the unit insures the safety of the community and addresses the needs of juveniles through working, not just with the children, but with families, schools, police and other governmental agencies.


 
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