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New York State Bar Journal

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In New York, the Parent Education And Custody Effectiveness (P.E.A.C.E.) Program is being implemented in many communities throughout the state on a pilot program basis. P.E.A.C.E. is a joint project of the Hofstra University School of Law and the Hofstra University School of Education's Graduate Program in Marriage and Family Counseling. Through both private donations and a federal grant from the State Justice Institute, P.E.A.C.E. has increased in both size and scope since its inception. The co-sponsorship of New York's Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law (IDF), an umbrella organization of representatives of leading family law and mental health groups, has provided P.E.A.C.E. with significant guidance and support.

The purpose of this article is to briefly introduce the legal community to P.E.A.C.E., as well as to enlist their support in the further development of this interdisciplinary effort to aid parents and children. We will provide a brief overview of P.E.A.C.E. and parents' reactions to it. Finally, we will then briefly touch on future directions for P.E.A.C.E. and encourage lawyers to become involved in their local communities.