Maya L. Cooper is an attorney in the Education Unit at New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS). Ms. Cooper assists children between the ages of birth to 21 who have identified or suspected developmental delays or disabilities and are the subjects of active neglect, abuse or voluntary petitions in the family court system. Ms. Cooper provides education advocacy services to children who are encountering significant difficulty accessing services through the Early Intervention Program, or the NYC Department of Education's preschool and school age special education systems. Ms. Cooper regularly conducts trainings for parents, caregivers, lawyers and child welfare professionals on a variety of educationally-related topics to ensure that students receive appropriate early intervention or special education services. She also participates in developing effective policies and procedures with multiple service providers, including city and state agencies, to improve access to services and eliminate systemic barriers for children involved in the child welfare system.
Prior to graduating law school, Ms. Cooper worked at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice where she promoted permanency for clients by assisting in the preparation for the legal representation of children in family court to safeguard their interests and legal rights. Ms. Cooper received a dual degree in Elementary Education and English Literature from the University of Miami, Florida and a law degree from New York Law School.