The commission, which has been in existence since 1988, brings judges, lawyers, advocates, physicians, legislators, state and local officials together. The goal is to improve the lives and chances of children who appear in court for a variety of reasons.
In her letter of appointment to Rosser, Chief Judge Janet Di Fiore wrote, “Based on your extensive experience and demonstrated commitment to our family justice system, I have every confidence that you will make an important contribution to the Commission's work and mission.”
“My involvement in this work goes back to the early 2000s while in Buffalo, NY,” Rosser said. “We found courts were making decisions that would have a negative impact on children’s ability to continue receiving quality educational opportunities. Through that work, we were able to create a model that many counties replicated across the state that support the care and transition of kids in foster care. Rosser added, “Our work in Erie County (Western New York), also helped reform family court policy and practice, which helped guarantee that youth were supported in every aspect as they transitioned through the juvenile justice system.”
The 37-member commission is chaired by former Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division Third Department Karen K. Peters. Together, members meet, conduct research, develop pilot projects, create written materials and tools, present training sessions and initiate efforts to change policy and practice.
Since 2006, the commission has served children of all ages with a focus on older children, encouraging them to participate in their proceedings, examining juvenile justice issues and improving the educational outcomes of children in out-of-home care.
“I am honored to be a part of this very important work that is being led by Karen K. Peters. I’m pleased to bring my experience and expertise to contribute to the commission.” Rosser shared.