Legal Services And Advocacy


When children find themselves in court in the midst of a custody decision or facing other judicial action; when children need special services and are lost in the complexities of our educational and health systems, Council for Children’s Rights stands with them, gives them a voice, and connects them to the institutions that can offer help.

We work for children today via three teams who intervene on behalf of children in crisis:

Children’s Defense Team

Court appointed public defender for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who are alleged to be delinquent in Mecklenburg County.

Custody Advocacy Program

Court appointed custody advocate for children involved in highly contentious custody cases in Mecklenburg County.

Individual Advocacy Team

Advocate to ensure the best interest of children is preserved in issues surrounding education, health and safety

Get Help/Contact Us

Custody and Juvenile Defense cases are by court appointment only. If you are looking for help for a child in need, the best way to contact the Council is via our Information and Resources phone line or the online form. Each request received will be reviewed by appropriate staff. You will be contacted within one week.

Information and Resources:    704-943-9609

Information and Resources Online Request:  gethelp@cfcrights.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Legal Services uses volunteer attorneys and volunteer child advocates. Training is offered for those interested in getting involved. Job descriptions and information are available at our Volunteer page or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator..

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