Strengthening Communities. Changing Lives.
For Family Court Clients

A participant in the Paint Sraight program displays his work

The NYC Department of Probation (DOP) helps build stronger and safer communities by supervising people on probation and fostering opportunities for them to move out of the criminal justice system through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and community participation.

DOP’s Family Court unit serves young people who are between the ages of 7 and 15 at the time of the alleged offense. We have created a number of resources designed to explain the work we do and help our clients get the most out of their time on probation.

The Family Court Process

For a visual guide to the Family Court process, click the image on the left to see a comic book produced by the Center for Court Innovation, with assistance from the Department of Probation and other partners.

View a step-by-step explanation of the process of a young person goes through after being arrested.

Specialized Programs
The Family Court Unit operates a variety of programs that are specially tailored for clients with unique needs. Click the name of each program for more information.

Enhanced Supervision Program
Esperanza Program 
Intensive Comunity Monitoring 

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for answers to questions about the following:

Definition of Common Family Court Terms 
Family Court Process 
Probation (General)    
Travel and Moving

Click here for a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions     

Voting Rights

Get information about probation and voting rights

Get an ID 

Having an ID (identification) is one of the keys to success.  Don't have one?  Visit the ID= website for help.

Family Court Contact Information

Get the location and phone numbers for different Family Court offices
Go to the Contact Info page. 
Success Story: Yvette
In December 2004, 14 year-old Yvette was placed on probation. Her Probation Officer, Jacqueline Garcia, recognized that Yvette was a young lady with great potential despite her belief that she was "just another statistic." PO Garcia stressed that "failure was not an option" and provided Yvette with firm but supportive guidance. Thanks in no small part to PO Garcia's help, Yvette applied for college and is currently completing her senior year at Howard University, where she's studying psychology.