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2017 Pro Bono Awards Recognizes Service

For more information, please contact: LuAnn Ritsema Council for Children’s Rights 704.943.9611 luann@cfcrights.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:­ October 16, 2017 Local pro bono attorneys, advocates recognized by nonprofits at 2017 Pro Bono Awards CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The...

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Charlotte Talks Shines a Light on Child Trafficking

Charlotte is a hot spot for human trafficking.  North Carolina is a top-ten state for the practice and because of our geography, Charlotte is the number one city for human trafficking in the state.  Young people are particularly vulnerable to this and some Charlotte...

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A New and Expanded Season for First Wednesday Workshops

School is starting up again here in Mecklenburg County and Council for Children’s Rights wants to help families get off to a strong start.  Our First Wednesdays series begins its new season of special education and school discipline workshops on September 6 with great...

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Giving Back Podcast Features Bob Simmons

The mission and work of Council for Children's Rights is featured in July on the Giving Back Podcast.  Among the topics examined are the needs and challenges of children in foster care.  Bob shares his insights on the subject, offers an overview of the work of the...

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North Carolina moves to Raise the Age

Good news out of Raleigh for the youth of North Carolina!   A final state budget rolled out by the General Assembly on Tuesday, June 20, included policy provision and funding for raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 15 to 17. When the budget is adopted...

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CMS offers Movin’ With Summer Meals again this summer

Schools out for summer!    But while that creates excitement for many kids, some parents worry about how to make sure their children still have a good breakfast and lunch. Once again this summer over thirty local Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide breakfast...

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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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