Join our Team

We are lawyers, social workers, researchers, fundraisers, volunteer managers and much more. What we all have in common is a passion for protecting the rights and improving the lives of children.

In addition to staff positions, we are always looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to assist us in this work. Periodically, we offer a number of internships to qualified candidates. We are interested in hearing from smart, dedicated people who share our commitment and want to make a difference. Council for Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity employer.

Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR) is seeking a full-time Program Assistant to join its Custody Advocacy Program (CAP). This individual will report to the Director of Custody Advocacy and will have the primary responsibility of supporting CAP attorneys. However, CFCR serves the needs of children across multiple legal systems, which requires a collaborative, cross-team approach. Therefore, this individual will also provide legal support to the agency as a whole, as needed.

CAP represents the best interests of minor children who are caught in the middle of high-conflict custody cases.  These cases routinely involve highly sensitive issues such as mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, alienation, and emotional/physical abuse.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Welcoming all visitors to CFCR, and answering office phones as needed.
  • Opening and closing all CAP files, and maintaining the overall organization of these files.
  • Performing administrative tasks such as filing documents with the court, preparing and mailing correspondence, answering calls and emails, and scheduling meetings for CAP attorneys.
  • Inputting information into the CAP case management system (Time Matters).
  • Inputting information into the CFCR database (PRIME).
  • Handling billing and collection of court-ordered best interest attorney fees for CAP.
  • Assisting the CAP Director in the implementation of CAP volunteer trainings.
  • Serving as an initial point of contact for the court, parties, and parties’ attorneys.
  • Adhering to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years legal administrative experience are preferred.
  • Must possess strong communication skills and the ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds who are in crisis situations. *Bilingual applicants preferred.*
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and computer/data-entry skills, including the ability to learn various case management systems.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the team structure of CAP, across programs in the agency, and as a participant in a culture of philanthropy.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy, experience in family law, and/or previous volunteer experience with CFCR.


Absolutely no phone calls, emails, or drop-ins, please! To apply, please submit a cover letter and your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Council for Children’s Rights is a non-profit organization providing holistic legal representation and advocacy for children, as well as addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work. The Children’s Defense Team at CFCR serves as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County, giving a voice to children in court and ensuring that their constitutional and statutory rights are protected. 

The Children’s Defense Team seeks dedicated, enthusiastic, and high-performing individuals for summer legal internship positions. Our internship provides individuals with important professional experience and opportunities to effect change on behalf of youth who have come under juvenile court jurisdiction.  Legal interns work directly with attorneys in an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, an investigator and a legal assistant. Interns will assist our staff attorneys with the following aspects of client representation:

  • Client and caretaker interviews
  • Legal research and writing
  • Trial preparation
  • Trail advocacy
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy and education efforts


Applicant Requirements:

  • Rising 3L with North Carolina Practice Certificate
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and/or juvenile law
  • Ability to deal effectively with children, adolescents, and family members
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children

All summer interns should be able to commit to 10 weeks, full-time participation. All internships are unpaid unless the applicant seeks external funding sources.


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to  Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

In your cover letter, please address why you are applying for an internship with Council for Children’s Rights. Please discuss your interest in working with CFCR; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support CFCR’s commitment to diversity.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

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