Cumberland County
Guardian ad Litem Program
Be the Voice for a Child in Court

Guardians ad Litem - Who We AreCumberland County Guardians ad Litem: Who We Are

We are a team of 2 Attorney Advocates, 4 Program Supervisors, a Program Assistant, a District Administrator and approximately 100 trained community volunteers. We are all committed to children and their issues. Our program supplies quality legal representation for abused and neglected children who have been petitioned into court through no fault of their own. Successful volunteers are mature, stable community residents who apply good judgment, objectivity, common sense and community perspectives to assist juvenile court judges in making sound legal decisions affecting children’s lives. Volunteers need no particular educational or prior training, just a sincere desire to champion our children’s best interests. Our umbrella organization is CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Resource Directory

The Answer Book 2008/09 – A community resource guide  from Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center listing area agencies, clubs and organizations within Cumberland County, call (910)  483-7727 for answers http://ccpl.cumberland.lib.nc.us:8000/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=answerbook

Family Focus 4th Edition –  A resource guide for Cumberland County Families. Partnership For Children of Cumberland County. (910) 867 -9700 – www.ccpfc.org

Advocacy & Resource Guide– Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, 217 W. Jones St. 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27699, (919) 733-9296. This document contains government, advocacy and general resources including local, statewide and national organizations.

The Autism Society of Cumberland County Resource Directory – This directory allows the Autism Society of CC to pass along current information in the field of autism to their families and organization members. 351 Wagoner Drive, Suite 410 Fayetteville, NC 28303 (910) 826-3004 http://www.autismcc.org/directory.html

Fayetteville – Cumberland Parks & Recreation-    Activities & Events. www.fcpr.us  Main office (910) 433-1547

 Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center -  Calendar of Events. Your library is open 24/7 @  www.cumberland.lib.nc.us 

Summer Camp Directory – A free resource guide for families with children who have special needs. Family Support Network of North Carolina. www.fsnnc.org

People First (North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities- Guide to Understanding Developmental Disabilities - Offers a list of basic terms to use when communicating about disability or people with disabilities. It also offers an introduction to the services and supports used by people with disabilities. On the last three pages you’ll find telephone numbers and addresses for state governmental agencies, professional associations and advocacy groups that deal directly with disability or disability communication. www.nccdd.org

Websites:

 Cumberland County Mental Health Centerwww.ccmentalhealth.org Access to CARE Screening Triage & Referral Services Help Line 1-877-2234617 staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customer Services and Consumer Affairs Department (910) 222-6111 Advocates are available to assist you in navigating the mental health system or if you have a complaint or concern.

Child Labor In Non-Agricultural Occupations in North Carolina - Requirements – http://www.nclabor.com/wh/joint state fed.htm

Youth Employment Certificationhttp://www.nclabor.com/wh/ycertif.htm

NC Care Link – NC’s web-based information and referral service is ready to serve you. Find the right health and human services assistance with access to statewide information available through NCcareLINK, your connection to up to date information about programs and services offered across North Carolina.   www.NCcareLINK.gov , 1-800-662-7030 (English/Spanish). 1-877-452-2514 (TTY).

Court Information – NC court system’s information site.  It contains information about court calendars from every judicial district, court programs, court services and listings of court of appeals cases.  There is extensive information about the Guardian ad Litem Program under the “Citizens” link. www.nccourts.org 

Childwelfare.gov – By registering with this site, you will receive automatic updates about child relevant issues.  www.childwelfare.gov

Information about parenting training materials.  www.trainingmatters-nc.org

InfoNet is a free e-news service offered by Action for Children. www.ncchild.org
Action for Children North Carolina, 1300 Saint Mary’s St., Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27605-1276.
Action.forChildren.North.Carolina(infonet)@ncchild.org – is a great site for getting automatic emails with helpful information about child related issues.

TRICARE- http://www.tricare.mil/ – is the official Web site of the TRICARE Management Activity a component of the Military Health System.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)www.nationalcasa.org Guardian ad Litem Program umbrella organization.

The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is North Carolina’s Parent Center and is committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children. ECAC is home to three key parent education programs: 1. NC Parent Training & Information Center (PTI). 2. Parent Partners, A Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC). 3. NC Family to Family Health Information Center (HIC). www.ecac-parentcenter.org

Carolina Legal Assistance (CLA) - A Disability Rights Center. CLA is a private, not-profit organization in North Carolina that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by protecting their rights. It is part of a nationwide protection and advocacy (“P&A”) system. www.cladisabilitylaw.org

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind – To enable people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals of independence and employment. www.ncdhhs.gov/dsb

NC Safe Kids Buckle Up – NC child passenger safety resource center. Child safety seat & seat belt information. www.ncsafekids.org and www.buckleupnc.org

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina  (BIANC) – Goal is to help create a voice for survivors and families to let others know about the challenges and needs of this special population. www.bianc.net

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)- The NCMEC provides services/information nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children.  www.missingkids.com

National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)- The website is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice for the public to educate themselves about the possible presence or location of offenders in their local communities who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors.  www.nsopw.com

Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina (CACNC)- State chapter for child advocacy centers which serves abused and neglected children and their families.  www.cacnc.org