Help for Children and Families

We are committed to helping children and families find the support and resources they need when they are facing a wide range of challenges.





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Get Involved -- Volunteer


We get by with more than a little help from our friends.  Looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to give a little of yourself and your time to make a real difference.


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Believe in Children

“All kids need is
a little help,
a little hope, and
somebody who believes in them.”
Ervin “Magic” Johnson
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Legal Services & Advocacy

We provide advocacy and legal services for children
in the areas of mental health, delinquency,
custody advocacy, special education,
and abuse and neglect.

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Research & Policy

We improve outcomes for children by working collaboratively with community partners to improve community infrastructure and increase the capacity and support of local child-serving agencies.
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A Night for Children’s Rights – Preaching To The Choir

by Bob Simmons, executive director, Council for Children's Rights "Preaching to the choir:" the expression is often used to connote a meaningless exercise of delivering a message that the audience already understands and accepts. But that exercise is not meaningless...
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Council approves new board members

At its January 2017 meeting, the board of Council for Children's Rights approved the addition of three new members. Ellen Leitch comes to the Council with a long and broad background in community engagement.  Having recently moved to Charlotte with her husband David ...
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CMS Student Assignment Review Phase II

CMS has begun Phase II of its Student Assignment Review process and community meeting are taking place throughout the month of February. During this phase of review, CMS's stated goal is to work with the community to evaluate existing home school attendance boundaries...
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Editorial: The Fierce Urgency of Now

by Bob Simmons Today, and each year on this day, we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. When America remembers Dr. King, we do well to recall the dreams he expressed at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after...

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If we don’t stand up for children,

then we don’t stand for much.  

Marian Wright Edelman

Our People/Our Stories

We are a community:  of advocates, attorneys, children, parents, volunteers, community partners.

We are Council for Children’s Rights and these are our stories.


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