Frequently Asked Questions

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1.    What is Council for Children’s Rights and what is its mission?

Council For Children’s Rights is Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s leading advocate for children, providing both direct assistance to children in need today and working for the well-being of all children in the future. Our mission is to lead the community to stand up for every child’s right to be safe, healthy, and educated.

2.  How does it work?

We provide legal representation, custody & individual advocacy for some of the most at-risk children in the Mecklenburg County.

Our advocacy work focuses primarily in the areas of education, abuse and neglect, mental health, custody, domestic violence and juvenile justice. We engage the community to work with us for system reforms and public policies that address the needs and future of all our children.

3.  How can I get help for a child in need/in trouble?

In the event of an emergency requiring law enforcement or medical assistance, dial 911.

Custody and Juvenile Defense cases are by court appointment only.

For non-emergencies, you can contact the Council via our Information and Resource lines:
Phone: 704-943-9609

Each request received will be reviewed by appropriate staff who will respond within one week.   

4.  How long has the Council been around – How did it get started?

Council for Children’s Rights was formed in 2006 through the merger of the Council for Children and the Children’s Law Center. Both groups worked tirelessly to advocate for children in crisis, and in merging they created the largest child advocacy agency in the state.   

5.  Why do children need Council for Children’s Rights?

Children lack a voice.  They are not in a position to effectively articulate their needs, confront systems that threaten them, or create strategies to find solutions. Council for Children’s Rights speaks for children when no one else will; we connect children with adults who will care; we find them the services they need in order to lead productive lives; we fight for their rights. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff members know exactly who to call, what to do, and where to go when a child’s life is in crisis. We provide hope where others find roadblocks.

 6.  How can I get involved and help? 

Make a financial contribution
Learn more about the issues that affect children today
Sign up to receive our monthly enewsletter
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7. Where can I find the Council’s 990 ?

To view the most recent 990, click on the link below: 

CFCR Form 990 2015



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