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Karl A. Racine
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Family Services Division

The Family Services Division works on behalf of the District’s most vulnerable citizens: abused and neglected children; domestic violence victims; incapacitated adults who are being abused or who are self-neglecting and mentally ill adults in need of emergency psychiatric hospitalization and/or the appointment of a guardian.

With respect to abused and neglected children, attorneys in the Division’s Child Protection Sections represent the Child and Family Services Agency (CSFA) in all abuse and neglect cases in Family Court. 

The attorneys in the Family Services Division, who litigate cases on behalf of a client agency in Family Court, have a different role than the attorneys in an agency’s Office of General Counsel. General Counsel attorneys handle an agency’s internal matters, such as legal issues relating to contracts, personnel decisions, and legislation. By contract, attorneys in the Family Services Division are an agency’s in-court lawyers in Family Court Matters.

The Division is made up of approximately 44 attorneys and 9 paraprofessional staff.