Volunteer

“Volunteer! Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

—Arthur Ashe

Are you looking for a way to connect with something that matters to you? Volunteering is a great way to give back and Council for Children’s Rights offers a number of opportunities for you to get involved in ways that make a real difference to the organization and to the children we serve.

Custody Advocacy Program (CAP) Volunteers

Volunteer Attorneys
CAP volunteer attorneys conduct settlement conferences; attend party depositions; draft motions and other court related documents; and prepare for and attend trial. They donate their legal expertise to effectively advocate for children caught in the middle of the most contested cases. (Training required)

Volunteer Custody Advocates
CAP volunteer child advocates interview clients and collateral witnesses; conduct home visits, gather records and required documents to assist in advocacy of the child’s best interest. You do not have to be an attorney to participate as a volunteer child advocate. (Training required)

On-line CAP Training Now Available!
CAP on-site live training sessions take place once or  twice a year, depending on need and demand. But now you don’t have to wait to start volunteering. For those who are not able to attend the live session, want to get started sooner or who wish to refresh their knowledge and skills, on-line videotape training is now available year round. The online training consists of 7 sessions, each approximately 1 hour in length.  Once approved, you will receive all handouts, instructions and a link to the video playlist. Contact the volunteer coordinator, for more information.

Special Education Advocacy for Kids (SpEAK) Program Volunteers

Special education decisions for children in foster care are typically made by a parent/guardian, kinship caregiver, foster parent, or close family member. Some children, however, do not have anyone in their lives able to make special education decisions. In those situations, the judge in the child’s case will appoint a SpEAK volunteer to act as the Special Education Decision Maker.

Qualifications

SpEAK Volunteers possess the following:

  • A sincere concern for the well-being of children;
  • The willingness to learn about special education and disabilities;
  • A commitment to be objective and non-judgmental;
  • The ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; and
  • No personal or professional interests that conflict with the interests of the child.

Requirements

The following are requirements for volunteers:

  • Be at least 23 years old;
  • Stability and continuity are critical for the children we serve. Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one school year, but ideally until a family member, natural support, or permanent placement can assume the responsibility of serving as the Special Education Decision Maker; and
  • Be willing to travel to different counties for school meetings when children are placed outside of Mecklenburg County.

To learn more about the SpEAK Volunteer Program, please contact IAT@cfcrights.org.

“You are serving the children, but the children bring something to you as well, and, you are putting the families in a better place.”

—Volunteer Amanda “Boo” Raymond

Other Volunteer Needs

Bilingual Skills (especially Spanish)
We are always in need of people with Spanish language skills to help communicate with our clients in a number of ways.

Events and Fundraising
Council for Children’s Rights has single-event opportunities that depend on volunteer support. We depend on volunteers for event coordination and preparation, to solicit donated goods and services, to help with logistical planning and set-up and to work at the event on various tasks.

Office Assistants
Office volunteers assist the council with a variety of duties – helping with mailings, filing, answer phones and other general office functions.

Technical Skills
Communications and Marketing is always looking for volunteer support to help with graphic design, web applications, writing and proofreading. Projects are on-going throughout the year.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact us. 

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