The Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) is always seeking new volunteers to help improve students' school attendance and encourage their educational engagement.
Who is Eligible to Serve?
- 1. Lawyers admitted to the Connecticut bar who are in good standing under Connecticut Superior Court Rule Sec. 2-65.
- 2. Connecticut Authorized House Counsel under Connecticut Superior Court Rule Sec. 2-15A.
- 3. Retired Connecticut attorneys practicing pursuant to Connecticut Superior Court Rule Sec. 2-55.
The attorney has two major roles:
- 4. Law students practicing under the supervision of an attorney admitted to the Connecticut bar who is qualified under
- Connecticut Superior Court Rule Sec. 3-15. Any appearance by a legal intern in court or before an administrative body
- will be in compliance with all Connecticut Superior Court Rules.
- Volunteer's Roles:
1. To be an advocate and attorney for the child; representing the child in truancy-related legal proceedings and
advocating for the child to resolve issues which may be contributing to the truancy.
2. To be a role model for the child; demonstrating the value of education and being a caring adult in the child’s life,
encouraging the child’s regular school attendance.
Volunteer as Role Model:
All volunteers agree to serve as a role model for the child and to assist the family in identifying and utilizing community resources.
-The volunteer will work to build a positive and supportive relationship with the child.
-The volunteer will encourage the child to attend school, and encourage the family to appreciate the importance of education.
-The volunteer will strive to be a positive role model for the child.
Volunteer as Lawyer and Advocate:
-The attorney will be present at all hearings and will represent the child in any court proceedings pertaining to school attendance issues.
-Always keeping in mind the best interests of the child, the attorney will advocate for services and programs which will address the causes of the truancy.
-The attorney will not be required to represent the child in delinquency, special education or deprivation issues should they arise during the case, but may elect to do so.
-The attorney will identify needs in the child’s life that are contributing to the child’s truancy and will assist in locating resources to meet those needs.
-The attorney does not represent the parent/family of the child.
Length of Service:
Attorneys serving as legal counsel on truancy cases are asked to commit twelve months, or as long as the case remains active, to provide advocacy services for the child and to be a role model and advocate for the child and family. The attorney can expect to commit approximately 50 hours on each case.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Truancy Intervention Project, please contact us.