"The Custody Advocacy Program is appointed by Mecklenburg County Family Court Judges to advocate for the best interests of children in custody cases in which the issues of and/or between their parents threatens to impede the judge’s inquiry into and determination of the children’s best interests. What We Do: CAP accepts court appointments to represent any child residing in Mecklenburg County whose parents are engaged in a highly contested custody case. These cases involve high conflicts, sexual or physical abuse allegations, substance abuse allegations, or psychological disorders; often some of the most difficult cases to resolve. Our program utilizes a structured team approach to investigate each case. Each team consists of a staff attorney, a volunteer attorney, and a lay custody advocate. We investigate all the circumstances and the facts of the case by interviewing clients and collateral witnesses, conducting home visits, gathering a variety of records and documents, which enables us to take a position regarding what is in the children’s best interest. What We Don’t Do: We are unable to take custody related cases over the phone as we only take court-appointed cases. We cannot answer custody questions or hear about a case that we have not been appointed to because this can compromise our neutrality if a judge later appoints us to become involved in the case. When we are court appointed to a case, we never represent adults or parents involved. We only represent the best interests of the child(ren) involved."

Project Frequency

Ongoing

Project Time Commitment

Volunteer for a case placement.

Project Location

On-Site

Area of Law

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Family

Geographic Areas

  • Mecklenburg

Project For

Population Served

  • Children/Youth
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors

Skills to be Developed

  • Client Advice and Counseling
  • Client Intake and Interviewing
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Training Provided for Project Volunteers
    Yes
  • Volunteers Who Speak an Additional Language Requested for this Project
    No
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided for this Project
    No
  • Mentorship Provided for this Project
    No