Children in Domestic Violence
Protecting the best interests of children in domestic violence cases where a protective order has been filed and there is a question of child custody and safety. We can be appointed to serve as Guardians ad Litem in "Chapter 50B" cases.
Protecting the best interests of children in high conflict custody cases, called "Chapter 50" cases. The CLC tries to shield children from the psychological and emotional damage caused when children are caught in the middle of adult conflicts.
Protecting the best interests of children of indigent parents with issues involving the public school system.
The mission of the Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina (CLC) is to provide children with quality legal advocacy focusing on domestic violence issues, high conflict custody cases and ensuring access to education. Our ultimate goal is to enable children to grow up in safe environments and to become emotionally healthy adults. We are committed to making Forsyth County and Central North Carolina a safer place for children - one family at a time.
Research has shown that children who are exposed to violence within the home have much higher incidences of aggressive and oppositional behaviors than their peers from nonviolent homes. Exposure to domestic violence during childhood correlates to problems throughout adulthood including higher levels of depression, increased tolerance for violence in adult relationships and poor conflict resolution skills.
The CLC provides a voice for these vulnerable children in court proceedings and advocates for safe placement and counseling in the following types of situations. The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina was founded as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in November 2005 by attorneys Amy Kuhlman and Penelope Spry. Related: What is a Guardian ad Litem?