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Keeping Kids Safe Online

  As in the “real” world, children are vulnerable when they enter the world of the internet.  Even without meaning to, it is easy for them to come into contact with the darker side of the net.   In our work at the Council, we have become all too familiar with the...

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Editorial: HB 280 – The Right Thing to Do

by Bob SImmons, executive director In my 30 years working with and advocating for children, one thing is clear  children are like sponges soaking in what they see and experience.  When our political discussions include so much rhetoric that appears to devalue many of...

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Profile: Catherine Smith, Attorney – Custody Advocacy

Name:  Catherine A. Smith CFCR role: Staff Attorney on the Custody Advocacy Team What got you interested in working in child advocacy? I didn’t even realize I could represent children as a career when I started law school. When I began law school, my goal was to help...

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Photo Gallery – A Night For Children’s Rights 2017

Thanks to all who helped to make A Night for Children's Rights such a great success.  Pledges and checks are still being tallied, but preliminary totals have us on track to exceed our $405,000 goal for the evening. It was truly a special evening.  Our speaker, Dwayne...

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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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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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What We’re Reading-Jan 20 2017

Starting this month, we're adding a new blog feature - What We're Reading .  Every other Friday we'll share some of our favorite books featuring topics that relate to and inform the work we do here at the Council. We're kicking off the feature this month with a book...

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Editorial: The Fierce Urgency of Now

by Bob Simmons Today, and each year on this day, we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. When America remembers Dr. King, we do well to recall the dreams he expressed at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after...

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Human Trafficking – Too Close To Home

An Interview with IAT Director Heather Johnson  Sex trafficking is a growing problem and children are among its biggest victims. Unfortuantely, Charlotte is a particularly attractive location to those who profit from such exploitation.  Our work at Council for...

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Area Groups Launch Race, Culture & Opportunity Series

Covenant Presbyterian Church, CN Jenkins Presbyterian Church and the Women’s Inter-cultural Exchange will host a series of multi-cultural community dialogues at Covenant intended to elevate the voices of diverse Charlotteans.   The series, “Race, Culture and...

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Recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month

JANUARY IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH …..and children are among its biggest victims.  Many think it is a problem that only affects third-world countries. The truth is North Carolina is a top-ten state in terms of human trafficking in this country.  Charlotte is...

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Should 16- and 17-year olds be in solitary confinement?

Troubling and excellent piece on use of solitary confinement for youth in adult jail here in Mecklenburg County produced by The Charlotte Observer. Another reason we believe that NC should #raisetheage. "In 12 windowless cells at Mecklenburg County’s Jail North,...

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After Stillness, Speak the Word Aloud

An End of Year Message from Bob Simmons, Executive Director, Council for Children's Rights We live in a noisy world. Voices are lifted in anger, frustration, and protest all around us. The cacophony of our political, technological, communal, and private lives...

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Ways to Remember Detained Youth This Holiday

Jennifer Gauthier is CEO of Lead4Life, Inc., an emerging nonprofit serving youth and adults in the criminal justice system in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In a recent blog post for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, she shared some ideas...

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