Children’s Issues

Advocates for Children’s Services of Legal Aid of North Carolina

Advocates for Children’s Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, focuses on serving children in the public education system.  Cases involve short-term suspension, long-term suspension, expulsion, involuntary transfers to alternative school, denial of enrollment, discrimination, mistreatment by school security personnel, special education, bullying, and academic failure.

Contact: Toll-Free: 1-866-219-5262

Phone: 919-226-0052

Council for Children’s Rights

Council for Children’s Rights advocates for children in three areas: (1) Children’s Defense Team serves as the court appointed public defender for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who are alleged to be delinquent in Mecklenburg County; (2) Custody Advocacy Program is appointed to advocate for the best interests of children in custody cases; (3) Individual Advocacy Program works to ensure positive outcomes for children in cases involved mental health, health care, child welfare, and education.

Contact: Phone: 704-372-7961


Disability Rights North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina works to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities through individual and systems advocacy.

Contact: Toll-Free: 1-877-235-4210

Local: 919-856-2195

TTY: 1-888-268-5535


If individuals do not qualify financially or otherwise for free legal services from the legal aid providers listed above, you may contact:

The North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service, a program of the North Carolina Bar Association

In-state: 1-800-662-7660

Out-of-state: 919-677-8574

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm