Council for Children’s Rights, formed through the 2006 merger of the former Council for Children and the former Children’s Law Center, is one of the most comprehensive child advocacy and child legal services agencies of its kind in North Carolina.
The 2006 merger between the Council for Children (founded in 1979) and The Children’s Law Center (founded in 1987) was a natural fit between two agencies that already shared a long history of collaboration and strong reputations for protecting the rights of children. Today, the Council continues that tradition of service and collaboration with an even larger, stronger, and more diverse professional staff providing a comprehensive array of legal and advocacy services for children.
Our organization has a rich history of offering legal representation, as well as local and legislative policy advocacy, for children with educational, mental health, abuse and neglect, delinquency, and custody issues. In 2009, the Larry King Center was created and with it, a deeper capacity for research, policy advocacy, and community planning. The LKC was charged with serving an intermediary function in the community with the goal of resource alignment for the benefit of all children.
The incorporation of a research component was designed to ensure the scientific basis for decision-making. The dissemination of research on best practices, and enhancement of program evaluation, allow the Council, and the community, to make informed decisions about expanding the capacity and impact of programs that work.
In 2014, the Council’s vision for this work resulted in the decision to move forward in a more fully integrated way, united under one name, with the singular mission to lead the community to ensure that all our children grow up safe, healthy, and educated.
As our organization continues to evolve, we strive to maximize capacity, increase service, and influence systemic change for children. The systems issues we address are identified through our work with individual children. Because the complexities of the issues pose such a challenge to a single organization, we often collaborate with other community agencies to expand our joint influence.
Notable Names in our History:
Larry King, long-time executive director at the Council for Children and celebrated child advocate. Dolly Tate, who along with the Junior League of Charlotte, the United Way and the League of Women Voters, founded the Council for Children in 1979 to provide an independent voice to protect the best interests of children.
Katie Holliday, Phil Redmond, Maggie Timothy, and Bill Underwood – all former executive directors at The Children’s law Center. The CLC was an outgrowth of Advocates for Children in Court (ACC), which preceded the current Guardian Ad Litem program, now run by the NC Office of the Administrative Courts. Among those involved in the establishment of ACC and later CLC were The Honorable William G. Jones, Robert McCarter, Sara McDonnell, Larry King, and Katie Holliday.