One of the most rewarding programs The Project has for volunteers is representing neglected or abused children through the Child in Need of Care (CINC) program.
Tommy Peyton of Krebs Farley & Pelleteri, PLLC began working in this area in
2011 and has already represented four children - resulting in an adoption, two reunifications, and one alternative permanent living arrangement for his clients.
Tommy Peyton, Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri
Tommy describes his work for The Project as the most rewarding of his young career, allowing him to gain courtroom experience while giving back to the most important members of the community: children.
In his most recent case, Tommy represented a young child whose mother turned a blind eye to her boyfriend's abuse of her child. The child's injuries were so evident that the child's teacher called the police. As a result, the boyfriend was arrested, and the child was taken into state custody.
While Tommy, the state, and the court worked toward the eventual goal of reuniting the mother and child, the child was sent to stay out of state with relatives. During this time, the child had a wonderful and successful end of school year and a fun summertime.
Meanwhile, Tommy advocated for the needed services for the child and made sure the mother was diligent in attending her court ordered counseling sessions. This eventually resulted in her full rehabilitation.
In a cheerful event, the family was recently reunited with the child in tears when the judge told him he could go back home with mom. Following reunification, Tommy worked to have his young client successfully enrolled in school for the upcoming year. He continues to maintain contact with the family to make certain the abuse does not happen again.
In reflecting on his time representing neglected and abused children Tommy noted, "I still keep in touch with my former clients and their families. I even receive holiday cards from one family. I keep all of the cards and kind emails in my paper calendar and reflect on them after a tough day - CINC cases really help keep things in perspective."
Special thanks to Tommy and to the many attorneys at Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri, who have been ardent supporters of the CINC program, as well as strong advocates for our young clients' needs for many years.
For more information or to take on a CINC case or any of the other practice areas available, please contact Linton Carney at 504.581.4043 x 207.