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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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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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Children’s Rights Featured on Charlotte Talks – Feb 27

Tune in Monday, February 27, 2017 to catch Host Mike Collin’s interview with Council executive director Bob Simmons and Dwayne Betts, our featured special speaker at A Night for Children’s Rights.   The program will air at 9:00 a.m. on 90.7fm here in Charlotte and streaming on

Council Board President Honored by NC Bar Association

Congratulations are in order for Council Board Chair, Brandon Lofton.   The attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson has been named to the list of this year’s recipients of the Citizen Lawyer Award presented by the Local Bar Outreach Committee of the North...
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Raise the Age Gains Support from John Locke Foundation

by Bob Simmons At this link , you will find a column by Jon Guze, Director of Legal Studies at The John Locke Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh.  In it, he explains why the Foundation not only favors Raising the Age in accordance with the...
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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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Get Ready for A Night to Remember - A Night for Children's Rights








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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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If we don’t stand up for children,

then we don’t stand for much.  

Marian Wright Edelman

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