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Bob Simmons appointed to NC Social Services Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MAY 24, 2017:  Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Bob Simmons, executive director of Council for Children’s Rights, to serve on the North Carolina Social Services Commission representing District 12.  Simmons will serve a four year term. This...

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NC House Passes HB 280 “Raise the Age Legislation”

  May 17, 2017 -- Today the North Carolina House passed legislation that would raise the age for juvenile jurisdiction for 16- and 17-year-olds who currently are automatically prosecuted for crimes as adults. The "Raise the Age" legislation was passed with a...

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Wear Blue Thursday for Child Abuse Prevention

In an act of solidarity, child advocates and local schools will turn Mecklenburg County blue on Thursday, April 6, 2017, as they wear the color of child abuse prevention to bring awareness to this critical issue. The Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, (of which...

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2017 Child Maltreatment Report Released

Council for Children's Rights released its 2017 Child Maltreatment Report this week. The annual report is published each year in April in conjunction with national Child Abuse Prevention Month. During fiscal year 2015-16, 14,527 children, or 5.5% of all children under...

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Council Honors Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month....  and Council for Children's Rights is part of the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, a group of child-serving organizations and individuals who have joined forces to help build public awareness around the issue of child...

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Charlotte Talks Interviews Dwayne Betts

Author Dwayne Betts and Council executive director Bob Simmons were the featured guests on the Charlotte Talks program on public radio station WFAE today (Feb 27). Host Mike Collins spoke with them in conjunction with Betts' appearance here in Charlotte for the...

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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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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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Council responds on Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Council ED Bob Simmons wrote in response to the Charlotte Observer article, Mecklenburg jailers hold some teens in solitary confinement. Critics call that torture.  An edited version of his letter to the editor appeared in the January 6th edition of the paper.  We...

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CMS Surveys Parents of Children with IEPs

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Programs for Exceptional Children (EC) is is working on the next phase of work in addressing the needs of CMS students with disabilities.  EC teachers, staff and their central office team collaborated to develop a meaningful mission and...

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