Social Worker for Family Defense Practice

Brooklyn Defender Services is an interdisciplinary law office that represents almost 40, 000 indigent clients arrested each year with specialized legal services for young clients and those with immigration issues. The Family Defense Practice (BFDP) represents parents in child welfare cases in Brooklyn Family Court. BFDP advocates for clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very face-paced setting. BFDP seeks a social worker to become part of the out of court advocate team of social workers and parent advocates.

Social workers team up with attorneys and parent advocates to provide comprehensive legal representation to our clients. They advocate for clients at agency case conferences, conduct client assessments, do crisis intervention management, develop service plans for clients, work closely with attorneys to determine case strategy, refer clients for services, communicate with service providers about clients’ needs, and conduct home visits.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and be licensed or willing and eligible to become licensed. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal, analytical, writing, and organizational skills and be willing to work as part of a team in a very fast-paced environment. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have experience in mental health issues, family court and/or the child welfare system. Bi-lingual social workers are strongly encouraged to apply; in particular BFDP seeks Spanish speaking applicants.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Gittel Kagan at Please include social work position in the subject line.

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Defender Services
Gittel Kagan

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, US