The law is a tool to help you meet your needs, and a lawyer is someone who can help you use that tool to make the law work best for you and your family.
An Attorney Can:
- Help you understand your legal permanency options and the risks and benefits of each.
- Help you understand the benefits and supports you, or the children may be eligible for.
- Advocate for you in court.
If Child Welfare IS NOT Involved
Kinship caregivers are on their own to get legal permanency for the child (custody or adoption). You can find an attorney or proceed without one (“pro se”).
If Child Welfare IS Involved
The Guardian Ad Litem attorney typically represents the child. The child’s parents may qualify for a court-appointed attorney. Kinship caregivers are on their own to find an attorney; however, if the child cannot return home to their parents, the DSS attorney will provide the legal work to get the kinship caregiver permanency (guardianship, adoption, or custody).
Free & Low-Cost Legal Services
Family Court Mediation Program
Learn about how custody mediation works and how to get an appointment.
Justice Matters, Inc.
Statewide legal assistance is offered.
NC Free Legal Answers
A virtual legal advice pro bono clinic. Post questions to be answered via email by attorneys.
Legal Aid Child Custody Clinic
The clinic is held online and at various locations throughout the state and offers general information and guidance on child custody and visitation.
Legal Aid Offices
Legal Aid of North Carolina provides free legal help and offers various locations across the state.
610 Church St E
Ahoskie, NC 27910-3526
Counties served: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans
547 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
Counties served: Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania
5525 Albemarle Road Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28212-3610
Counties served: Mecklenburg
The Old Creamery at Church and Peachtree
363 Church Street N. Suite 200
Concord, NC 28025
Counties served: Cabarrus, Stanly, Union
201 W Main St, Ste 400
Durham, NC 27701-3228
Counties served: Caswell, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Warren
327 Dick St, Ste 103
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Counties served: Cumberland, Harnett, Sampson
211 E Union St
Morganton, NC 28655-3449
Counties served: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell
1508 S York Rd
Gastonia, NC 28052
Counties served: Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln
122 N Elm St, Ste 700
Greensboro, NC 27401-2842
Counties served: Davidson, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan
301 Evans St, Ste 102
Greenville, NC 27858
Counties served: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Hyde, Jones, Martin, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrell, Washington
171 Grand Blvd
Boone, NC 28607-3615
Counties served: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey
201 E Livermore Drive 2nd Floor
Pembroke, NC 28372-7322
Counties served: Hoke, Robeson, Scotland
117 E Salisbury St
Pittsboro, NC 27312-5451
Counties served: Alamance, Anson, Chatham, Lee, Moore, Orange, Richmond
224 South Dawson Street,
Raleigh, NC 27601
Counties served: Johnston, Wake
Smoky Mountain: Murphy
27 Hatchett St
Murphy, NC 28906-3504
Counties served: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Smoky Mountain: Sylva
1286 W Main St
Sylva, NC 28779
Counties served: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
272 N Front St, Ste 220
Wilmington, NC 28401-3977
Counties served: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender
208 Goldsboro St E
Wilson, NC 27893
Counties served: Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Wayne, Wilson
102 W 3rd St, Ste 460
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Counties served: Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin
Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic (Campbell University)
11 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Offering services in Wake County
Pisgah Legal Services
Pisgah Legal Services provides a broad array of free, civil legal aid, anti-poverty advocacy and access to health care in 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Program availability varies by county depending on the availability and scope of funding. 1-800-489-6144
Office locations: Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands/Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Waynesville
NC Central University School of Law – Family Law Clinic
Offer File It Yourself Services (FIYS), Child-Custody Bundled Services (CCBS), and Family Law Advice
Office is available in Durham County Courthouse, services for Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. Call for availability: 919-530-6515
*Not Intended as Legal Advice