In early February, the team at Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC were extremely proud (and humbled!) to announce to our friends, families, and social networks that the nonprofit organization our team has been working to build over the last 2 years finally launched!
Chosen Family Law Center, Inc. will support LGBTQ+ families, polyamorous families, and other chosen and underserved families with legal support, public education, and professional training for lawyers, mental health professionals and others to make sure these communities have access to culturally competent services they deserve.
This will be the first legal nonprofit to provide direct support to low-income polyamorous families!
We will also support same-sex couples to get their legal paperwork in order to protect their parenting rights! And provide name change and identity document support to trans and gender-nonconforming clients!
For over 10 years, we've received inquiries at the law firm from those who need these services but cannot afford to pay. We've sometimes done so much pro bono/low bono work that that law firm has struggled financially. Often, we’ve had had to turn some potential clients away without being able to offer a strong legal services referral, because we know of no other legal services provider supporting polyamorous, multi-parent or other queer families and chosen families beyond same-sex couples. We know there's a tremendous need for these services, and it feels like a culmination of years of work and planning that we can announce this nonprofit to meet that need!
We are a registered 501c3 non-profit in both NY and NJ and can accept tax deductible donations only from those who pay taxes in those states, but can accept donations from others anywhere if folks don't need a tax deduction.
Before we can afford to take on this pro bono caseload, we need to fundraise, and we would be grateful if you could send our information around to your networks and to people who might support this challenging but necessary work going forward.
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
Here is some sample text for you to copy/paste into your social media to help spread the word and support our work!
The Chosen Family Law Center, Inc. (CFLC) is a new nonprofit dedicated to cultivating equitable social and legal recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) and polyamorous families and individuals, as well as other underserved chosen family forms like platonic co-parents. This is cutting-edge work and they need your support to meet the urgent need! https://chosenfamilylawcenter.org/donate
Sign up for the CFLC newsletter here (monthly or less)! https://chosenfamilylawcenter.org/contact-us
Like and follow CFLC on Facebook here! https://www.facebook.com/ChosenFamilyLawCenter
Make a tax-deductible donation here! https://chosenfamilylawcenter.org/donate
(Please note: While CFLC is a registered 501c3, donations are currently only tax deductible for residents of NY and NJ - we will be nationwide soon!)