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Montgomery Child Advocacy Project MCAP

MCAP is a nonprofit organization providing free legal representation to children of Montgomery County who are victims of abuse and neglect. Through the services of pro bono attorneys, MCAP advocates deliver direct legal representation and services to abused and neglected children. In a unique and innovative manner, MCAP advocates provide voices to vulnerable children as they weave their way through a complex legal system. The long term result of the advocacy effort of MCAP is that abused and neglected children will learn to trust others in a safe environment knowing that their voices are important. Overall, it is an attempt to break the abuse addiction and violent cycle in which these children are trapped.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Montgomery
  • Area of law: Family & Juvenile, Child protection, Children/Youth, All areas of law are welcomed; MCAP will train the lawyers to serve as advocates.
  • Populations Served: Children, Nonprofits, All children ages birth to 18 are served by MCAP.
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: MCAP requires that the advocates attend a 7 hour training seminar sponsored by MCAP or the Philadelphia Children's Alliance. MCAP presents 2 live training sessions to educate lawyers to become child advocates. All attorneys must receive training and CLE credits for the MCAP training.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • CLE pro bono comments: All attorneys must receive training and CLE credits for the MCAP training.
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Legal Research, Legislative or policy advocacy
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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