Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)Society — Non-profit organization
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Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is an innovative organization that provides legal information and compassionate guidance to families who are adrift in the complex Family Courts without legal representation.
For these families, LIFT provides a compassionate point of contact amid the confusion and bureaucracy of the Courts, a refuge where they can receive the tools they need to advocate for themselves, and to formulate plans of action to address the crises that propelled them into the Courts in the first place.
The mission of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) is to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies.
LIFT'S UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS
- Family Court-based Services in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island Family Courthouses (www.LIFTonline.org/ei-sites.html)
- Family Legal Center (www.LIFTonline.org/flc.html)
- Family Law Telephone, Email, and Live Chat Hotlines (212-343-1122 or www.LIFThotline.org)
- Multilingual Legal Resource Guides, step-by-step guides to family law and Family Court (www.LIFTonline.org/resource-guides.html)
- Judge for a Day Program (www.LIFTonline.org/judge.html)
- System Impact and Reform (www.LIFTonline.org/reform.html)
Each year, thousands of low-income New Yorkers enter the Family Courts to address urgent issues affecting their own families - such as custody, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and child support. The Courts are understaffed and suffering from a glaring lawyer shortage. Over 95% of the 25,000 people LIFT serves annually do not have legal representation.
Imagine standing alone before the Family Court with the stability and well-being of your family hanging in the balance, no lawyer beside you, no advocate to guide you. Vulnerable. Alone. With everything that means the most at risk, and everything that matters the most to gain.
For over 15 years, LIFT has pioneered innovative, outcomes-driven, and cost-effective programs that offer opportunity and hope to families in need.