Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)

At Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), we are dedicated exclusively to protecting every child’s right to an education, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.

For more than 40 years, our staff of attorneys and education specialists have successfully helped hundreds of thousands of families by providing free legal and advocacy services, including representation at school-related hearings and appeals, and teaching families what they need to know to stand up for their children’s educational rights.

AFC also works to change education policy so that the public school system serves ALL children of New York City effectively.


Learn More about our Policy & Initiatives and Litigation.

Learn more about who we serve:

  • Students Ages 0-26
  • Early Childhood
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Immigrant Students and English Language Learners
  • Students Facing  Disciplinary Issues
  • Court-Involved Youth
  • Students Involved in the Child Welfare System
  • Students in Temporary Housing


Contact us:


The Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline -For help with an education-related issue, please call our Education Helpline at 1-866-427-6033 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.


Administrative Offices:


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Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)

151 W. 30th Street
5th Floor
New York,, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 947-9779
Fax: (212) 9479790

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