The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – New York Chapter

New York AFCC Chapter was formed in 2002 as an organization where individual judges, lawyers, court administrators and personnel, mental health professionals, mediators, and all those concerned with the welfare of children and families can dialogue and network with each other about how to improve the treatment of families and children in the court.


Professionals Resolving Family Conflicts

New York AFCC Chapter is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. New York AFCC Chapter members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena. New York AFCC Chapter Network members are the association’s best and most important resource.

New York AFCC Chapter membership network provides an international network of collegiality, support and timely access to information and resources. New York AFCC Chapter members gather, in person and electronically, to exchange information, share perspectives and work collaboratively on projects. New York AFCC Chapter’s website, members and staff can quickly help identify resources and information that benefit the busy professional.

New York AFCC Chapter convenes members of multiple disciplines in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, from all over the world. New York AFCC Chapter is unique as a professional association because members do not all share a common profession. Rather, New York AFCC Chapter members share a strong commitment to education, innovation and collaboration in order to benefit communities, empower families and promote a healthy future for children.

Collaborative Leadership to Improve Practice and Policy

New York AFCC Chapter plays a leadership role and collaborates with leading organizations on major reform initiatives and training in family law and domestic relations practice and policy. Through AFCC Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice, New York AFCC Chapter places an ongoing emphasis on issues including case management, domestic violence, family law education and the integration of research into practice and policy. National AFCC partners include the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Hofstra Law School Center for Children, Families and the Law, Battered Women’s Justice Project, Werner Institute for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Children, Families and the Courts, Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Civitas ChildLaw Center, Resolution Systems Institute and Marquette University Law School Dispute Resolution Program.

New York AFCC Chapter and its members serve as catalysts for generating major reforms. Dispute resolution processes such as child custody mediation, parenting coordination and divorce education are just a few of the innovative ideas developed by New York AFCC Chapter members. New York AFCC Chapter has developed Practice Guidelines and Standards for family and divorce mediation, child custody evaluation, parenting coordination, brief focused assessment and court-involved involved therapists. Task forces and special projects address the ongoing challenges faced by New York AFCC Chapter members and the families they serve. New York AFCC Chapter actively disseminates innovations and ideas to its members.  The ripple effect can be seen in courts and communities throughout the world.

An Investment in Professional Excellence

There is no better way to keep pace with the rapidly changing environment for those who work with families in conflict than being a New York AFCC Chapter member. Your membership will provide you with the latest information, most knowledgeable resources and access to supportive colleagues, saving you valuable time and money.

Networking with Innovators

  • Conferences and training programs are a great way to meet colleagues, discover new ideas and recharge your batteries.
  • AFCC Chapters provide local networking opportunities, education and advocacy.
  • Participation on AFCC committees, task forces and projects provides opportunities to collaborate on contributions to the field.
  • Mentorship opportunities for students and young professionals.