It can be difficult to know what to expect in Family Court. Generally, the Family Court staff cannot provide you with legal advice. Therefore, it is important to have an attorney to help you understand your options, and assist with petitions and court appearances. For a petition, you should be prepared to provide as much information as possible, including the names and addresses of the other parties, and the names and birth dates of the children. For court appearances, the court will want to know why the parents are unable to provide the children with care, and sometimes a hearing before a judge is necessary to resolve these issues.
The New York Kinship Care Navigator website is a great resource for kinship care families. Visit http://www.nysnavigator.org/.