the law firm helping children and families for a quarter century


lending a helping a hand

Clifford L. Greenberg, Esq. has devoted his entire legal career to helping children and families. After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law, he joined the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Manhattan as a Law Guardian, where he worked tirelessly to ensure that our city's foster children were protected and placed in loving, permanent homes

Following his time at Legal Aid, Cliff served as counsel to numerous agencies in proceedings to free youth for adoption, and began representing parents in the adoptions of their foster children. Starting in 2011, he has also represented foster parents in Kinship-Guardianship proceedings in all 5 boroughs. To date, he has helped over 4,000 New Yorkers adopt and receive guardianship for the children they love.

Cliff regularly lectures at 20 foster care agencies, as well as at statewide adoption conferences and meetings, including the Administration for Children's Services Circle of Support gatherings, where he educates prospective adoptive parents about the legal process. He is the author of four children's books on adoption and has consistently been recognized for his dedication, most recently by the New York State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, Families Forever Adoption Group, and the Forestdale Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Executive Board.

interviewing Mr. greenberg

Interested in learning more about the intricacies of adoption or the key motivating factors in Mr. Greenberg's Pro Bono work? Click the link below to read everything in one of Cliff's most extensive interviews.

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my inspiration

My children, the two pictured above, are my biggest source of inspiration for what I do. Ever since my oldest son was just 3 years-old I was faced with the task of bringing up these awe-inspiring individuals all by myself. I sacrificed what little free time I had after that and dedicated it all to them. I wouldn't really call it a sacrifice because that implies giving something up that you wouldn't have done had the situation not forced you to do so; I wanted to see my children grow to surpass me in every way possible: academically, athletically, and emotionally. Every sports game, piano recital, elementary school publishing party, no matter how small, I would be there, often one of the only parents at a high school basketball game but shouting words of encouragement nonetheless. Because that's what we do for our kids; we seemingly go above and beyond, but not really... it's simply what we do for the children we love.



Top 10 Ways to Expedite Your Adoption, Presented at over one dozen foster care, private agencies, and LGBT Centers, 1996- Present

The Adoption Process, NYSFAPA

Honors and awards

Service Award; NYS Foster and Adoptive Parents Association; July 17, 2010.

Certificate of Appreciation; Families Forever Adoption Group; December 23, 2009.

Forestdale, Inc. Adoptive Parent Association; Recognition Award; June 22, 2007.

Top Attorneys in Metro New York Super Lawyers 2017.

Top Attorneys in Metro New York Super Lawyers 2016.

Top Attorneys in Metro New York Super Lawyers 2015.

SuperLawyers, 2014-2019

U.S. Congress "Angels in Adoption" Award 2011.

Service award NYS Foster and Adoptive Parent Association 2010.

NYS Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Board of Directors, 2017-2018.

The Rock Church Community Award.

Forestdale Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Appreciation Award, 2007-Present.

Best Workshop Maps Leader Seminar, 2007-Present. 

ACS Circle of Support Award for Gift of Hope, 2007-Present.

Professional associations and memberships

New York Country Lawyers Association, 1999-Present.

American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, 2006-Present

New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation.

New York State Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, 2003-Present.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000.

Brooklyn Bar Association, Member., Youth Advisory Member.

Resident Legal Expert at Manhattan LGBT Centers, 2012-2016.

Resident Legal Expert at Brooklyn LGBT Center, 2018-Present.

Guest Panelist at Family Equality Counsel.


Mr. Greenberg's expertise on the nuances of the different types of adoptions is unparalleled, as seen in his most recent TV interview.