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One of the ways we serve children in the community is through our Custody Advocacy Program (CAP).   Our CAP attorneys are 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. To meet this need, CAP works with over 100 volunteer attorneys and child advocates each year.




Training is required for all CAP volunteers.   We host periodic day-long volunteer training sessions, typically once in the Spring and once in the Fall.

Who Should Attend?

  • attorneys who are interested in pro bono representation of children (attorney representation does not require courtroom experience or first chair courtroom participation)
  • paralegals and other community members who are interested in serving as custody advocates
  • individuals with a flexible schedule and a strong commitment to serving children

Attorneys and paralegals will receive 7.75 hours of general CLE or CPE credit (CLE and CPE credit approval pending).

To learn more about the CAP volunteer program and/or to sign up for the training, contact  or call the Council at 704-372-7961.  For those who cannot attend the day-long session, online training is also available. Read more about all our volunteer options here.


No cost for attendees not seeking any continuing education credits

$75 per paralegal/ $50 per paralegal with volunteer commitment*
$350 per attorney/ $100 per attorney with pro bono commitment*
*Volunteer application must be completed before receiving volunteer rate

Members of our Children’s Defense Team are available to host these creative and interactive classroom activities that are designed to educate young people about the juvenile court system and age-relevant justice issues.   Opportunities are limited so teachers and organizations interested should plan to schedule early (30 days notices is required).    Two workshop experiences are currently offered.


Mock Trial for a School Incident

Students participate in a mock trial based on a school discipline incident.  Taking on the roles of attorneys, witnesses, judge, and jury, students will learn about how a trial works, examine issues that can occur in school and community settings that can bring individuals in contact with the criminal justice system, and discuss career opportunities in the legal and child-serving professions. CFCR staff will lead the students through a discussion of the issues in the mock trial to ensure that they gain a practical understanding of the subject matter.

 Know Your Rights

Children come in contact with law enforcement officers in school and the community and often do not know how to interact with officers.  This presentation covers what information they are required by law to share, what information they do not have to share, and how to act in a manner that is cooperative but not compromising.  We will discuss these issues with children, educate them about their rights, explain what could occur if their interactions led them to the courthouse, and answer student questions. The goals of the session are both to educate children and to promote a positive relationship with law enforcement in the community.

Sessions are 60-90 minutes long (some flexibility for classroom length is possible).  Know Your Rights can also be adapted for non-classroom events with mixed age audiences.

Interested in Scheduling?  Contact Jamila Brockett, Program Assistant, at  or complete the Workshop Application below.    For more information on all our workshop opportunities or to inquire about our speaker’s bureau contact, LuAnn Ritsema, Director of Communication and Marketing, at .

2017-2018 Juvenile Justice Workshops Flyer

2017-2018 Workshop Application

First Wednesdays Series




First Wednesday of the month, September through May
Workshops are held at Children Family Services Center, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Created and conducted by members of the Council’s Individual Advocacy Team, this series of workshops focusing on special education issues is designed to prepare parents, caretakers and professionals to become more effective advocates for their children with special needs.   Each session is approximately 90 minutes in length and covers a broad array of topics.

All sessions are free but reservations are requested.   Bring your questions, your curiosity, and, if you like your lunch!    Full course descriptions and contact information for each session are available at our events calendar here or by download below.

2017-2018 First Wed Flyer
2017-2018 First Wednesdays Brochure

All individual workshops are listed at our web site Events Calendar.

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