Who We Are
The Child’s Advocate is a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. The Child’s Advocate is appointed by Family Court judges in Wake County to represent children in high-conflict custody cases. Decisions relating to custody and visitation have a critical impact on the lives of the children we serve. Once appointed by the Court, we are attorneys for our child clients, protecting their interests and ensuring their voices are heard.
What We Do
The Child’s Advocate’s small staff works with pro bono attorneys and mental health professionals in Wake County to represent every child identified by the Court as needing an independent and zealous advocate.
In the majority of our cases, the Child’s Advocate helps the parents to resolve the custody dispute without the need for a trial. This greatly reduces stress on both the child and the parents. In addition, this saves the Court the time and expense of a custody trial. When a trial is necessary, we give the child a strong and effective voice so that the child’s expressed wishes are considered by the Court.
Additionally, The Child’s Advocate occasionally represents children in criminal court who are victims of violent crimes in Wake County. Once appointed by the Court, our role is to protect the child-victim’s rights in criminal proceedings. The Child’s Advocate is currently working on expanding this program.