Volunteer Attorney Opportunity with Mentoring


The Kinship Care Solutions Project is looking for volunteer attorneys. Over 32,000 children in the state of Washington are living with relatives other than their parents. Many factors exist for why children in increasing numbers are in kinship care. These factors include abuse and neglect by the parent, incarceration, substance abuse, mental or physical illness, or death of the parent. Many kinship families encounter legal hurdles that impairtheir ability to safeguard the health and welfare of the children.The Kinship Care Solutions Project assists low-income kinship caregivers in Nonparental Custody (also known as Third-Party Custody) actions.

The next Kinship Care Solutions Project training will be held on May 30 and June 4, 2013 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in Seattle. Space will be limited.

In exchange for the training, volunteers agree to represent a low-income client selected by the Project in a Nonparental Custody action. The Kinship Project’s staff attorney is available for ongoing mentoring. Cases available for referral to the volunteer panel will be presented and discussed at Session Two of the training.

Training Agenda (3.5 CLE Credits)

May 30th

Session One:

  • Introduction to the Kinship Care Solutions
  • Project Legal Options for Caregivers
  • Jurisdictional Issues in Nonparental Custody Actions
  • Case Law and Legal Standards

June 4th

Session Two:

  • Nuts and Bolts of Procedures in Nonparental Custody Actions
  • Case Assignments and Discussion


To Become a Kinship Volunteer Register for the Training CLE Here:  https://www.kcba.org/secure/registrations/pbsregistration-kinship.aspx



Posted by: Adelaine Clapp, Pro Bono Services Program Coordinator.

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