Susan Jacobs, Special Counsel 
Center for Family Representation

Susan Jacobs, Esq. is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Family Representation (CFR) and now serves as CFR’s Special Counsel. Additionally, she is: Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s National Parent Representation Steering Committee and Manager of a unique study of legal representation of parents conducted by New York University Law School and supported by Casey Family Programs. Ms. Jacobs started CFR in 2002 building it from a staff of 2 and budget of $250,000 to a staff of 85 and a budget of $8 million. CFR serves over 2,000 indigent families in NYC and provides training and technical assistance to jurisdictions and states around the country in its unique interdisciplinary model of strengthening families whose children are at risk of foster care placement. Ms. Jacobs has been appointed to numerous Family Court and child welfare advisory boards in New York City including the Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, the New York City Executive Committee on Child Welfare and the Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner’s Task Force.

Ms. Jacobs has 25 years of experience as a family law attorney representing adults and children in Family Court, New York State Supreme Court and in Federal Court.  In addition to her law degree, she has a Master’s Degree in early Childhood, Special Education.  She has been recognized for her contribution to family law with several awards including from the Center on Children and the Law of the ABA, the New York State Bar Association, and Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Jacobs earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, an M.S. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. from Cornell University.   She is the author of articles on confidentiality and parents’ legal rights and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on access to justice, nonprofit management, and family law and child welfare.