This summer, FLU staff attorney Amy Hozer facilitated a legal training at the Birch Family Camp, a week-long residential program in New York that provides a stigma-free safe haven for families affected by HIV/AIDS to relax, to learn, and to enjoy life together. Families have the opportunity to play sports, attend trainings, and benefit from onsite counseling and therapy.

This year, Ms. Hozer trained families in permanency planning options available to parents dealing with HIV/AIDS, explaining the steps they can take to plan for the future care and welfare of their children.

Three other NYLAG attorneys and paralegals, Tina Janssen-Spinosa, Jamie Shanker, and Kamilla Sjodin, also participated in the workshops, leading trainings for Birch attendees on health care and advance directives, how to navigate the Social Security system, and various housing issues.

Organized by Birch Family Services, the Birch Family Camp is free for all attendees and is supported by the work of over 200 volunteers per year.

NYLAG has partnered with the Birch Family Camp since 1995, offering a variety of legal trainings at Birch each summer.